Hefty sigh at that too.
As I start this post I am waiting on one last item so I can finish this bag. A buckle for the adjustable strap. A bag is not complete without its strap, and this one will need it to be fully adjustable.
This has been some time in the making… a long process. And I have been slack and not done anything about it. So for me to be busy now is my own fault.
Back in August I was asked to make this bag – to specific specifications (can I do that?). I had made the prototype so we could discuss it when I went to see her and can you believe it but now I come to make it I cannot find it anywhere to double-check exactly what was required.. 😦 uh-oh.
Now my sister is pretty laid back, but I still have that worry that she may not like it. I’m sure she will, and I am happy with what I have made, but the niggle is still there.
Fast forward a day and the bag is now complete. I am now happy. Well kind of. It’s that let down feeling where you now have no idea what to do.
Ok, back to the specifications. A bag was needed with 3 compartments, (2 small and 1 large) to hold the prolific amounts of stuff a baby/toddler needs and to hold them in such a way that everything is easy to put your hand on – the instant you want it. But what to do with that large empty pocket where all the clothes and blankets go in winter, during the warmer weather when it is not needed.
It was decided that buttons/loops be added to make it squashable (also to make sure the centre of gravity was kept, and there was not a bulky awkward space when carrying it). I was quite eager to finish this bag so when I had no buttons big enough or just right I made my own. Bright coloured toggles in polymer clay that work an absolute dream.
The strap, as mentioned above, had to be adjustable aswell so the bag hangs comfortably. Anyone who has needed to carry baby on hip, hold child’s hand and carry the bag of stuff knows what I mean. If it is not right it makes this whole process a PITA (although I prefer PITB – pain in the butt) and results in cranky mum/dad.
Now as you can see in the pictures, it doesn’t look finished on the edges of the material. I had made some inane comment about making it neat with all the seams on the inside and the reply was to .. ‘just sew the edges together facing out…’ or something like that which is basically what I have done. So it was a requested option.
Delivery will be taking place on Monday evening, so fingers crossed.
Keep smiling 🙂