I don't know about you, but when someone claims that a project takes under an hour, I think that means less than 60 minutes. I decided to try out the One Hour Bag from All Free Sewing
It truly did look straight forward and quick.
I made a pattern, after I realized that, since the pattern would be placed on the fold, the pieces would be double the size of the pattern. I thought 13.5 cm was small. I had no idea what A4 paper was when I made the first pattern. I just used some brown paper I had in the sewing loft and went for it.
It took more than an hour. How much more, I cannot say. I had to stop and walk the dogs in the middle of the project. Plus I changed things up a bit. I added the tab and sewed the straps to the inside.
Given that, and wanting to imprint this new information on my 60 year old brain, I decided I would try another with denim. Betsy was discarding an old denim comforter that was embellished with emrboidered flowers. Perfect, I thought.
I made a new pattern with freezer paper after I GOOGLED A-4 paper. Turns out that there is a standard measurement for paper size. A-4 is 210 X 297 mm. (8.3 X 11.7 in). Ah now it makes sense.
I cut a piece of freezer paper 8 1/4 by 11 3/4. I figured that was close enough. Then I made my pattern. The first one I made was a bit deep.
Because I used freezer paper I could just iron the pattern onto the fabric before I cut it out.
So when I had the bag almost done I noticed some spots. Darn. It is quite adorable and now it is in the wash. Hopefully the spots will come out. Those are the risks you run when you "repurpose" I suppose.
Truthfully I think I like the depth of the first bag. The pockets aren't quite deep enough, unfortunately. Next time I have an hour, I will whip one up.