When I read other people's blogs, I am most fascinated by their process; be it life or art. So I thought that you might be interested in a part of mine. I am starting work on a new set of bags, so it was natural to begin with that. I wrote earlier about my exciting fabric shopping trip, and so this is the start of the bags that I will make from that.
The other , bottom three fabrics will become bags for sale. So here's the first wonderful part of this process (after choosing fabrics): CUTTING! Now this is my least favorite bit. I find it tedious, and I have cut myself before, so that adds to my aversion. However, my amazing husband has helped me out a lot in this department. After I draft a pattern and get it the way that I like it, he turns my paper drawing into masonite board patterns. That way I can use a rotary cutter and cut multiple layers at once. This significantly increases my efficiency, and makes the whole process less laborious. No more pinning, no more smoothing the paper to the fabric, no more cutting into paper by accident, and no more muscle strain from scissoring through too many layers of fabric!
My awesome Mom came to visit us during our spring break, and she chose fabrics for a bag that I will make for her: they are the top three pictured here in purples and browns. SO BEAUTIFUL! I love you, Mom!
Here are the pattern pieces used for one whole bag. Nifty, eh? I love you, Brian!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of the bag!