This is Sam’s bag. It’s the first time I’ve ever potato stamped (at least that I can remember), it’s the first time I’ve ever stamped on fabric, it’s the first time I’ve ever sewn with slippery fabric (satin), it’s the first time I’ve ever lined anything and it’s the first time I’ve attempted internal pockets.
Sam let me know the dimensions she wanted. All I had to do was cut.
The request was for fabric that wouldn’t show the dirt. The rest was up to me. Oooh, the pressure! Hmm..not really, it was rather fun. I sketched away for a little while, looking at different decorating ideas. It needed to be something practical dirt-wise as well as something I could do without messing it up too much!
Potato stamping seemed fun, I could get the equipment (Egypt is Africa’s number 1 potato grower AND 2008 is the International Year of the Potato) and the results should be acceptable.
Then came the insides. Pockets were an essential, I thought, and satin satisfied my need for something that feels nice. Yes, at this stage it was about what I wanted I’m afraid. In the hope that Sam would too.
Sam’s bag is not perfect. Unfortunately, but I guess rather predictably given how many ‘firsts’ were involved. Neither was it sent in the most attractive manner. Unavoidable unfortunately. Sam is, however, a most forgiving friend – the best sort to have really.
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