My friend gifted me a sewing pattern. To make a bag. With five zip insertions. Five!
I looked at the thirty pages of instruction and my head became fuzzy. I saw there was an additional website just to support this pattern and quailed. And a Facebook community. And YouTube videos for sewalongs. What exotic madness had she sent me? I pondered the whole entity for weeks, frozen at the thought of how difficult this thing must be to need this level of support.
I kept thinking about the bag. How difficult could it be? Slowly I gathered fabric (thank you to a long lost arty friend who was generous with her batik fat quarters), printed off pattern pieces and generally steeled myself to reacquaint myself with my sewing machine. I realised I didn’t have the right size zips and I couldn’t find my interfacing anywhere, but a quick trip to the local market’s haberdashery stall sorted me out. Then I began.
I was, as ever, grateful for my rotary cutter, rulers and mat. Most of the fabric had to be cut into rectangles, so that really speeded up the preparation.. Suddenly, I couldn’t stop sewing this bag. I used the videos to support me and they were a fantastic help. I resented going to work as all I wanted to do was complete this bag. It took a few evenings, but eventually: TADA!!!!!!!