I spent the day sewing, and I am nearly done with the bags I'm sewing for $$$. I have two left: one that I'm knitting a back for (!), and one that is a big project that will take a while. Also, the handles for that one should arrive in the mail on Monday.
Here's what I learned:
1) Wooden handles are a pain in the patootey. If I do them again, I'd like to use a snap on the inside: sew the tape into the seam, then snap it on the inside of the bag.
2) Hand sewing is not so bad.
3) It's better to machine sew if you can. Using a zipper foot and tipping the fabric makes it possible to use a machine to sew the lining to the hooked fabric. It would be good to put some fusible web inside first, so you can keep it from rolling out.
4) This sewing hasn't been difficult, but it's futzy. I have to reinvent the wheel on every project. If they ask me to draw up directions for these, I'm going to wish I had taken better notes!
I also attended a GS Thinking Day event today. It went okay; the girls had fun, but I wish my girls had done more detailed planning, and that they got the idea of being available to the younger girls instead of clumping together like birds.
Tomorrow is an exciting day! I might even get to sew something for fun!