I couldn't wait to make up Noodlehead's Go Anywhere Bag. She teased us about it for awhile, but has the pattern available now. I went right to my stash and looked for fall colors. I chose this vintage brown corduroy from the boxes that my Great Aunt sent and a thrifted sheet from some random yard sale. Lets call it vintage too.
I struggled with my sewing machine during a good part of the bag. It wasn't a good part really. It was one of those projects that should take an hour and takes 3. I thought I was going to have to send my machine in again, but I feel like I just did that in the spring. In fact, I did. (after struggling this day and the next several, I determined the massive problem could be tracked down to a new sewing needle. An evil sewing needle. Put the old needle back in and the problems were solved. Many hours wasted on a fancy needle splurge.)
While I was sewing, I noticed the brown corduroy was especially fragile. I repaired one tear with a faux flap and button. I assumed the problem was solved. I proudly carried it to school the next day.
Every time I looked down at it, it was ripping and tearing and falling apart.
After all those hours and the swearing the first time around, I pulled out all the stitches holding the brown in place.
The next night, I remade the top portion and resewed the bag with something sturdier and newer from my stash. I still fought the sewing machine. I cried a bit and tried to bargain with God. I'm sure my sewing machine is right up there on His list. I did finish it and it's going everywhere with me.
I packed away the sunny 241 bag until next summer. I do really like that this bag is a little bigger. I've been throwing my book and a kid water bottle and a couple of snacks when we go out. It's been a fun new size.