Sunday, June 17, 2007

East Bay Depot made me do it.

   So the East Bay Depot for Creative Reuse in Oakland has a gazillion little rectangles of necktie silk that they are selling for super-cheap. They are so nice and come in a ton of different patterns, I really had to be strict with myself about buying too much. I settled for three packages of eight rolls of ten rectangles for a total of 240 rectangles for $12. So what am I going to do with 240 rectangles of necktie silk??
   Well the first thing I needed to do was get a sewing machine. I asked my Aunt if she had one I could borrow and she pulled out this cute Singer Featherweight.

   I can't believe I told Abby it was about the same size as her's; when I got home it looked sooo tiny!

   So I made a little drawstring bag out of one rectangle (only 239 to go!)

   And today I made a tote bag out of two dishcloth using a pattern I found on What's that gonna be?. The only difference is that I joined the inner and outer dishcloths by sewing the gussets together instead of using fusing; and its still completely reversible. I like that the dishcloths are pre-hemmed, so you get to the fun sewing part right away. By contrast, the silk drawstring bag is really fiddly and probably took longer to sew than the tote bag.