So I got drawn into this sewing and stuff all because I couldn't buy yarn this month. That's just the lamest excuse. The real inspiration came from seeing all the lovely crafty projects over blogsville, and if you haven't already seen some, check out the Back-tack ones.
Remember I tried to sew a simple tote with the 'toy' sewing machine and failed? I picked up the pieces again and use my new proper sewing machine, and viola, it worked like magic. Well, like the first-year-at-Hogwarts-type of magic. I still haven't tamed my machine and it still took me 3 (or was it 4) nights to finish it.
I took some pictures at my brother's wedding and after a look, my husband remarked that it was a good thing my brother didn't hire me as his photographer. So, these are some rush-morning-before-catching-the-bus photos of the small bag. (In fact, most of my photos are 'rush-photos'.) Anyway, reds are so difficult to capture. I added interfacing to the front and back as well as the handles. Now it seems to be a more usable bag as the cotton fabric is now 'reinforced'.
I added a magnetic snap too.
And also added a crochet patch for a front pocket. This pocket, I'm quite doubtful to its aesthetic value for the bag but it's just the right size for a library card or the Octopus card. My husband thought I might want to rip it out. Or I might just leave it there and decide which side to show depending on the mood.
So smitten by this new hobby that I got myself another two crafty Japanese books. This first one (see left side bar) is this, which was reviewed by Amy of Angry Chicken here and here. The second one is Vol. 20 of Cotton & Paint, a review of which can be found here.
Another 3 nights to the end of July, time to buck up on the Angel cardigan.