Thursday, September 01, 2011

messenger bag in a morning


i work best under pressure. sabin declared last week that she wanted me to make her a new gym bag for school.  she even got out a stack of fabric she wanted me to use, but do you think i started the bag?  this morning, she declared that i was going to be in a lot of trouble if i didn't finish it in time for her to use it tomorrow. and suddenly i was motivated. i got straight to work, making it up as i went along, using bits and pieces of natural linen and bright echino fabrics and here i give you the end result. a sort of messenger-style gym bag. i only used the fabrics she selected for the lining on the inside - i hope she won't mind! if she doesn't like it, i'll definitely use it myself.

what's interesting is that making it feels like it cleared out a creative block i've had, feeling a bit stuck on my cut out & keep quilt project.  while i was sewing this, the back of the cut out & keep quilt popped into my head, fully formed. i've had about six different versions of it laid out, but none of them seemed right, but now, i know exactly what to do.

i'm going to remember this the next time i'm stuck...i'll give myself permission to work on something else. sometimes i deny myself that pleasure because i have a tendency to be a serial project starter and a bit of a reluctant project finisher. but it seems my creative process needs multiple projects and quick wins. like a messenger bag in a morning.


christelle said...

I love it !!

Lisa at lil fish studios said...

It's great, j! You'll have to let us know if it passed inspection.

celkalee said...

so cute, her friends will soon be requesting the same I suspect. You may have just started something!

Via your inspiration I have a little collection of little projects that need a little finishing work, therefore I have adopted your "Finishing Friday." Tomorrow I will be channeling your creative finishing mojo.

Glad the block is lifted, it is a wonderful feeling, yes?

Tracy Golightly-Garcia said...

Hello Julie

Are you going to make more and sell them? I would like two if you do!!!

I love the fabric you used.

Have a great day!

Tracy :)

nacherluver said...

That is so cute!

Sammi said...

did sabin like the bag?