A month ago my pal Clayton and I bought a used sewing machine (Singer 247 Zig-Zag) from someone in Castlegar and since then I haven't been able to stop sewing.
My first project was simple; I made some desperately needed new face masks. This was a great way to learn the quirks of the new machine and get back into the sewing mindset.
My next project was to make a simple apron, something I've been thinking about buying for a while but knew I could make for myself pretty easily.
For this project, I bought a thick navy canvas and made some little pockets and an adjustable neck loop. It's been great for messy cooking and for when I don't feel like taking a trip to the water park (i.e. doing the dishes).
I had about a meter of canvas left over so I decided to make a tote/purse next.
Anyone who knows me knows I am a backpack person (I've got one for every occasion). However, I've been craving a tote-style purse to have a more consistent place for my PKW (phone, keys, wallet) and this was a perfect opportunity to make one with all the features I wanted.
So I took instructions from a few different YouTube videos and put together this canvas tote. Here are a few of the exciting features:
- simple inner pockets (that fit my PKW, spork, and a pen)
- a long shoulder strap for hands-free carrying
- a zipper closure (intimidating but turned out to be easy-peasy!)
- bright coloured lining for finding things easily
To finish it off, I waxed the canvas with beeswax and love how that added more character and water repellency. I am BEYOND proud of this and have taken it everywhere since I made it.
So what's next? I'm feeling so inspired by the endless opportunities to craft high-quality clothing, bags, and more with my own two hands. And at the same time, I want to be cautious that I'm not sewing lots of stuff that I use once and cast aside quickly (I've done this plenty over the years).
My ultimate goal is to focus on making useful items that I have a deep need for and to spend the extra time making sure they are functional and fulfill that purpose.