Previously, I made a few aprons from vintage calendar towels. 2017 begins with a new calendar towel, made into a simple tote bag. I modeled it after a non-bulky bag that can be rolled up to fit inside the outside pocket of my purse.
I added some fabric, and sewed the straps under the top fold of the bag. The tote could use some interfacing at the top and in the straps, but I couldn’t find any at home so I skipped it. I’ll use the bag for less heavy items.
In 2017, I plan to work on sewing clothes, some quick refashions, quilting (including a big project), and embroidery. I miss having something on the needles to pick up during this very rainy, stormy winter we’re having in southern California this year so maybe I will throw in a little knitting as well.
I always think of organizing at the beginning of a new year. One thing I’m doing is tracking my sewing spending using the “My Binder” app.
My sewing machine feet have a new home thanks to finding this neat little double-sided container for $3 at the drug store. What luck; they’re a perfect fit!
I don’t think I did any cross stitch last year. Well, at least not until the 31st of December. I spent the last day of 2016 and the first day of 2017 stitching this little gnome that I made into an ornament.
I changed the colors, lengthened his hat, added a felt bottom and a gold bead on top.
I like him hanging around – he makes me smile.
Happy sewing and crafting in the New Year!