Making blue bags is different from making orange or yellow bags because the straps are not nine feet long. They are short and I have to use a different technique in sewing them. In this case, I made six bags at one time and tried to make them as identical as possible. Usually, my “no two bags are identical” approach is like a badge of honor. In this case, I was able to make them all very similar, though not identical, of course, since they are made of discarded materials.
People often ask me when how I learned how sew and how old I was when I started. I learned to sew by just doing it. My mother always had a sewing machine and she showed me how to use it but I was never taught how to sew. In reality, I have never really sewn, like, you know, using cloth and a pattern to make clothing. My sewing has always been to create something I wanted. This I started doing when I was pretty young. As evidence I reluctantly share with you a picture I recently got from my parents. It shows me at about age ten or so, sitting at my mother’s sewing machine.
I have struggled with zippers on my bags. I have just never been able to figure out how to put them on in an easy way. So, every time I make a bag that closes with a zipper, I swear I will never make another.
Here is a bag I made this week that closes but without a zipper. Maybe I can get figure out how to easily make these so I won’t miss zippers.
Here it is, with the sides folded over and buckled in front.
Here is what it looks like when unbuckled. It holds just as much stuff as my regular bags.
Here it is open so you can see the Velcro I used to keep the upper edges apposed when it is buckled up. This is the first time I have used Velcro on a bag.
The first time someone asked me to make a black and blue bag, I didn’t think I would like it. I think this goes back to the days when my father taught me to not wear a combination of black and blue clothing. Well, I am sure my dad taught me well but I was wrong about black and blue together in a Tad Bag. This turned out very nice.
I spent some spare time the last couple of weeks making these bags. My wife asked me why I made seven and I told her it was because that is how many bottoms could be cut out of the material. Doing seven at a time makes me more efficient but at times I do feel like I am in a sweat shop. I crammed them in my locker at work and they are gone already!