He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. He who works with his hands and his head and his heart is an artist.—St. Francis
Deborah was talking about her workbook for developing your creative voice, called "Head, Heart and Hands". I bought a digital downloadable copy for myself with the intention of starting work on it after my 100 days project is finished, I'll let you know how I find it.
Anyway. The quote made me think about the sewing I did yesterday. Sometimes you just need something to sew, something uncomplicated, something that just uses your hands, and maybe a bit of your head. Something that will give satisfaction without any frustration.
At the recent Auckland Festival of Quilts, I bought a couple of half-metre cuts of Echino linen prints. I love Echino fabrics - a delightful mix of prints and colours. I simply cut this piece in half, squared the pieces up and sewed them together into a tote bag.
For slightly more complexity and an increase in user-friendliness, I sewed it using enclosed seams. Then I boxed out the bottom corners, added a simple outside pocket and lightly padded handles in a solid cotton fabric from my stash. Done.
Above is a snap of the bottom on the bag, inside out, so you can see the enclosed seams and the boxed corners.
To sew enclosed seams, put the two pieces of fabric WRONG sides together and sew a 1/4 inch seam round the three sides, clip the corners, turn inside out (RIGHT sides together) and press.
Then sew another seam around the three sides, slightly larger than 1/4 inch and this will enclose your first seams.
Now you can box your corners as in the photo above, add a double fold hem around the top edge, add your pocket and your handles.
I enjoyed it so much, and loved the final product that I might just use the other piece of Echino in the same way.