Thankfully there isn’t some kind of International High Court of Sewing, where people are tried for their truly heinous attempts at the craft, since I would definitely be hauled in front of them for a slap on the wrist at the very least! I borrowed a sewing machine from one of my colleagues a few months ago, but I haven’t done very much with it and this weekend I decided to have a crack at a Morsbag. If you haven’t heard of them, you can find out more, including a full tutorial, here. It all looked very straightforward, even for a klutz like me. So I set to work on Saturday, with some fabric I bought at John Lewis a wee while back….
So far, so good? Well, you can’t really see it in that pic, but I made a complete hash of the handles, so one is squint and slightly shorter than the other. Also, the other side of this bag is a very different story…..
Yep, that’s the edge of the bag – with the back noticeably shorter than the front! Awoops. I have not been put off though and I’ll be having another crack at this pattern. It really is very simple and the end product is good – even with my shoddy skills, it’s a strong bag, which survived having 5 books piled into it and then swung around the room 🙂
Some things I have learned… I am a truly cack handed sewer and I need to practise more, I should have cut the fabric exactly according to the pattern instead of allowing myself extra – which I made a mess of cutting, I need to invest in a decent pair of scissors – my kitchen pair don’t cut the mustard – and using a sewing machine on a coffee table is a recipe for backache!