Back in the summer, Sarah threw down the gauntlet to find out what her fans/followers would make with a scrap bag from The Eternal Maker.
With a 2-tier prize, first the battle to be one of 10 finalists to win a scrap bag, and then for part two, to turn our suggestions into reality.
Shortly you good folks of blogdom and flickrland will be asked to vote for a winner of a years' subscription to the Eternal Maker's Japanese Swatch club. How totally cool is that!!?
So here goes... my attempt for the big one!
My idea was "depending on the scraps, I would be making tags to distinguish all 3 school kiddies identical book bags, PE bags, swimming bags and cardies; children should be identifiable by pattern!"
|An easy way to distinguish between this lot at a glance has got to be a good thing!|
|My scraps, straight out of the bag, approximately a FQs in total...|
|Initial pairing up for fronts and backs...|
|The first 'batch' that have been in daily use since the beginning of September...|
|Fronts - with name tags sewn on, attached to the zips of the girls' rain coats...|
|Bag tag fronts for twin 1... used on lunch bag, book bag and PE kit...|
|Twin 1's bag tag backs...|
|Twin 2, the ballerina, fronts...|
|Twin 2 backs...|
|More for the girls... arguments ensued!|
|Back of the above...|
|One for mummy - it's Echino, definitely not suitable for children!|
|Not to let dear son miss out!|
|Back of the above...|
|The second 'batch' all together.|
|Select your scraps...|
|Double fold a small piece which will become the loop...|
|Trim the smallest piece to the largest possible size...|
|Trim the larger piece to match the first...|
|Ready for sewing...|
|Run two rows of topstitch to encase the raw edges...|
|Stick a pin in it! Remove the pin once the folded loop is held in place with your presser foot...|
|Stitch down 'within' the seam allowance (which can be whatever you want it to be!)...|
|Place right sides together and pin either side of the loop to keep it all straight..|
|Start at the bottom end, leaving a gap for turning, spin the tag round when you get to the end and go back and stitch to the beginning...|
|Trim your corners, and turn through, using the tag to pull makes it a lot easier...|
|Use one of those bits that come with your sewing machine to push out the corners...|
|Cut a piece of thin wadding smaller than the inner dimensions of the tag, push it inside with the same gadget...|
|Topstitch all round and ensure the open end is sewn closed, and sew in the loose ends...|
Perhaps you will feel inclined to give me your vote, maybe not - you could even use up some of your scraps to make something way better without the 'competition angst'.
Either way, I hope you have enjoyed my disjointed process and make sure you take the opportunity to check out the rest of the competitors.