I went to pick up Punkin at the bowling alley, and they were just getting done. They had started late, so they turned off the machines late (remember when going bowling was an exercise in math, too? Now the machines do it all), and I had to get back home to teach, so I had to drag her out of there. I think she was the first one to leave :-( Socially damaging, I'm sure. When we got home, there was a student and her mother waiting. They had gotten there 5 minutes early, so they were waiting. It's only her second piano lesson. How embarrassing.
Anyway, the straps. I cut 3" wide strips the width of the fabric. Then I folded them wrong sides together and sewed a scant 3/4" seam. I had to turn them with a turner (bodkin?) because they were too bulky for the Fasturn. Then I pulled and stretched and generally abused them so that the seam allowance inside the tube would lay flat and ironed them within an inch of their little strappy lives. Then I topstitched each edge.
When I sewed the flannel bag together, I put little pieces of the strips about 2" from the fold of the bag, making loops to thread the straps through later. You can see them in the picture:
I think they were about 4" long, but I didn't really measure. After the bag was all done, I threaded one strap through one side and sewed the end down to make a loop. Then I threaded the free end through the existing loop and sewed that end down to make a smaller loop.
Here's a close up of the loop at the bottom of the bag (the top of the bag is down in the picture) and the strap looped through it and sewn.
This text will make the picture jump down to the left side of the next line. Whoops! I need a little bit more so that the caption will stay with the picture.
And here's the strap at the top of the bag:
The arrow shows where I sewed it into a loop. I got this idea from a bag that Punkin's friend gave her. You pull on both loops, and the straps turn into backpack straps. Very nifty, and very easy to do, if not to explain.
When I do Punkin's, I'll have her model it to show how the straps work. And I'd better do that one pretty quickly, before I forget how I did the first one! They are supposed to match, after all. I'm also thinking that flannel pants for the both of them would make a good Christmas gift, or an overnighter gift. I'd better check how much I have left!
Today, I'm baking cookies for the masses. There's a PTA bake sale tonight, and the PTA is also doing dinner for the teachers, so I'm providing cookies for them, too. And the Beard wants 2 dozen to take to work tomorrow, and another 3 dozen on Monday. I think I need a commercial kitchen. I know I need a bigger KitchenAid mixer (hint, hint, honey! [what are the chances that the Beard made it through the technical specs of the Ballerina bag to get to this hint?--comment if you're here, sweetie!]).
The Beard says he can boost my readership by redirecting some work traffic to my blog <g>. I told him that it makes me nervous to be responsible for updating and entertaining. I just write my little blog for me, and if friends want to check in on me, then I'm thrilled. But I could never endeavor to entertain the public. I leave that up to the Yarn Harlot and Norma and Ryan. Norma linked to my blog the other day, both from the Red Scarf Project and her own blog, and I've had a great increase in readership (for me). The same thing happened when the Yarn Harlot linked to me two Christmases ago. Scares me to death every time. Blog Anxiety 101--a new class for Psych majors.
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