"Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman


Boxy Bags

Well, now that I've dug out the sewing machine and got it working at peak condition, I want to sew. I've been wanting to learn how to make boxy bags ever since I won one in the year I did the Sock of the Month KAL. Last year a friend gave me a pattern, and I bought some fabric, but never got around to it. I finally got around to it. I found the fabric easily enough, but I couldn't find the pattern. Ugh. It's supposed to be with the fabric, but it wasn't. So I went googling and found a wonderful online tutorial on how to make a boxy bag. I made this one last Friday.

I used some fabric I bought a couple weeks ago to make doll skirts. I made the skirts on Wednesday, and had lots of left overs. It has mistakes in it. But it came out okay. Ruth loves it, so I gave it to her.

Saturday I made a second one using the original fabric I specifically bought for making a boxy bag.

It came out much much better. I LOVE this fabric. It's from Timeless Treasures Tree of Life collection.

I've moved right into it. I mean, I've moved a project right into it.

The wildlife are making themselves visible. Yesterday, while I was checking the chemical balance in the hot tub, a beautiful Whitetail buck stepped out of the woods. It walked up pretty close to me. I talked to him a bit, and then he nodded his head and trotted off down the hill. (Cable missed the whole thing-silly dog). I didn't have a camera anywhere near me, which is a shame cuz he was really pretty with a very nice set of antlers.

On Friday a moose stopped by for a visit. I was at my ironing board pressing some pieces I'd just sewn together on the pirate themed bag above. It was set up right in front of the dining room window. Movement attracted my attention. I looked up right into the eyes of a moose. I sort of panicked, cuz the back door was wide open and I don't want Cable chasing the moose. I ran over to close it, just as the moose arrived at the bottom of the steps. When I slammed the door I startled it. It reared back, then ran around to the front yard. I got my camera.

It's not a real big one, as moose go. It's kind of skinny. It's shy too, which is a good thing.

On Sunday we bought and planted a new flowering Crabapple tree. I better get a protective fence around it before someone eats it!


  1. Awesome bags ... love the pirate one and the colors in the second one are beautiful!!! We had a deer today, when I saw it I was doing dishes, ran to get the camera, it could hear me INSIDE the house ... man they have good ears!


  2. I love the fabric you chose for the second bag, it's very pretty. I've been meaning to make a boxy bag too.

    I really enjoy your blog, I found you from pinterest. I had never heard of blocking before I saw your post on blocking acrylic.

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    I hope you are well and have a wonderful day!


  3. A moose, that is so cool. I love the fabrics used for the boxy bags.