I wanted to share a quick post about my latest course that came to an end tonight, because I am delighted about how good the finished satchels look.
This was a brand new course - I am super proud of the ladies for how they took on all the challenging bits throughout - there's a lot of seriously fiddly sewing to be done in putting a satchel together, and the finished versions you see before you represent many hours of work (heck, there was even homework on this course!).
There were highs and lows. Skewering through the points of the tabs when turning them out, and having to re-sew them wasn't a good start. Navigating round those little corners and curves so that the top stitching was even was tricky. So too was getting the gussets to match up nicely with the main body of the bag.
Knowing when to reach for the seam ripper and when to accept imperfections - to treat the creative process as an end in itself and to accept that improvement usually comes with each make. For this reason, I tried to encourage the group to get together for their own sociable sewing - a kind of pact with each other to make more satchels, so they get the benefit of that second, easier, make.
We even added our own little extra bit to the bags. I do like a zippy pocket, for keeping all the little things safe, don't you?! It seemed like a worthwhile hour to spend on learning how to insert a zip, as this is something so useful to be able to do - even though it was the first time the ladies had done this kind of pocket, I think they were all pleasantly surprised by how relatively easy it was to do.
The freedom to add your own personal touches to a project is something I enjoy about sewing. It also produces one of my favourite bits about teaching other people how to sew - be it the pink zip on this pocket, or the contrasting gusset and tabs - it's fun watching makes evolve into beautiful things that are a fabulous reflection of the style of the person creating them.
Thank you, Alice, Jen, Charlene, Georgina and Collette for being my latest gang around the kitchen table, and I hope you enjoy some lovely `Yes, I made that!' moments as you carry your satchels over your shoulders.