That’s right, I finally finished my cutting mat bag. For a ‘simple’ project, this certainly took a lot of time and caused several headaches. Note to self: next time I think “That’s easy, I can wing that!”, take it as a warning sign.
Here’s the outside. I love that swirly tree fabric (Ikea, home dec weight). I made two sides (you can see them in this post), each a sandwich of swirly trees, a cheap fleece blanket for ‘wadding’ and a leaf print for the inside. I sort of bound them together to cover the raw edges and create a gusset for extra space (I didn’t cut my sides big enough).
I ‘quilted’ the outside fabric to the fleece following the swirly tree lines. It’s my favourite bit of the whole project 😀 I was worried I’d mess it up, but actually, this went perfectly first time (unlike all the ‘simple’ things like cutting bits the right size!).
There are pockets on the inside to hold rulers (you can see them better in this post), and the mat slips in between.
This was one of those projects where every simple little thing went wrong and had to be re-done or
bodged improvised, but I got there in the end! It does the job it’s meant to and it looks cute, so I won’t argue 🙂
The final stages of this bag were causing a bit of a blockage in my sewing mojo. It just wasn’t going right, but I didn’t want to start a new project because I didn’t want to change the machine settings (lazy, right?). Now it’s done, I feel so much better and want to sew All The Things!