Friday, August 7, 2015

Another Sweet Bag and Service Projects by The Ladies of the Cloth

Grommets are everywhere these days. Originally a decorator's accent, these larger grommet's are most often seen on curtains. They are stylish and add a touch of metal with a modern accent to otherwise simple gathered fabric. Our Terri, a Ladies of the Cloth member, took this accent one step further by adding them as strap holders for her little bag. The bag fabric is upholstery fabric, chenille, with lovely color and texture. The edges are bound with fabric tape, I think it is straight of grain but it might be bias...I forgot to ask her.

 Just the right size for a small wallet, cell phone and keys the bag can be worn cross-body I believe to make it just right for a shopping trip. And we all know that a quilter/knitter needs her hands free to caress the fabric/yarn. Right? Did I hear you say right? (((insert smile)))
Here is a little peek inside. Notice how the fabric forms a gusset on each side. The dot fabric lining make me as happy as a bunny in clover! Terri has added small pockets inside as well. All in all, a nice make and finish. Thanks for sharing Terri.


Quilters are generous and sharing people.  I am so lucky to be part of a weekly gathering of sewing/quilting/knitting/crocheting/felting people. Recently our Mary Jane became aware of a crucial need for girls and women in Haiti. We are already in the little dresses and short pants mode for the same little ones of that population but young women coming of age have no resources for self care of their womanly cycles. Enter The Ladies of the Cloth.


We are sharing the work with the organizing church and spent one of our weekly sessions stitching up the items from fabric already cut by that group. It was great fun and we had plenty of people to make it move along quickly. We completed 60 of the washable sanitary napkins that morning.

Here are some of the finished product. I am not sure why I chose to snap the plaid ones because most of the ones we made were green or red solid flannel fabric! In any case they will next have snaps of some sort on each wing to keep them stable when worn. If you are female, you know what I mean. We were set up at sewing stations, turning and pressing areas and lots of great conversation was had by all, just like a traditional sewing/quilting bee!  

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