A couple of years ago I hosted and taught a week-end sewing retreat. I knew if I didn't do something I would have to be sweeping the floors all week end to clean up after the attendees. Their first project was this trash bag. My purpose was to help keep the place neat and tidy and to prevent extra work for myself! This has become a standard class that I teach and most everyone loves this little bag. Some of my students have made many more of them than I have! I have made extras to take with me when I teach, again, to keep the place neat and tidy. I almost always sell a few patterns or even a finished bag when I take the bags along so it is beneficial to me in several ways.
Like so many people, I gained a love of sewing from my mother and big sister early in my childhood. The story I love to tell the most is when my sister was in "junior" high school, she took a ...
Like so many people, I gained a love of sewing from my mother and big sister early in my childhood. The story I love to tell the most is when my sister was in "junior" high school, she took a sewing class. Our mother was helping her with her class studies and me being a bratty 5 year old I wanted to do EVERYTHING my big sister did. While mother and sis were working I would sit under the table waiting for a scrap of fabric to fall as they were cutting out their latest garment. As soon as something hit the floor I would grab it and start cutting. Needless to say, after several "lost" pieces of important fabric, they became more aware of what was falling. I wanted to make doll clothes, of course. I cried because they didn't fit, so mother cut them out for me and handed me a threaded needle. I stitched the directly on to the doll, then cried because they didn't stay on the doll, so she taught me how to make a knot. One thing led to another until I finally learned enough to enjoy my sewing time too. Years later, I took home economics in junior and high school, and learned more than I have time to write about. I have traveled the world over and have fabric in my stash that has traveled more than most people I know. Many places I traveled to one main interest was where the nearest fabric or yarn shop was located. Even in a foreign country where you can't speak the language it is pretty easy to buy fabric! PS, the reason I learned to crochet is because I wanted to be like my big sister too! I am so lucky, she is the best sister ever!!!View all patterns by designer (2) »