KSKS Bag Finished!

First though, here’s my Saturday Sky for Sandy:

saturday sky
this was a couple of hours before the grey clouds came in and dropped a ton of rain on us

When I made my last test bag, I came up with a few rules I wanted to follow this time. I did follow them: I drew a pattern on newsprint before I cut the fabric, I split the project up into different nights, and I changed how I sewed up the strap a bit. I did a good enough job that I am not embarassed about sending the bag to my KSKS pal, though yes, it could be better. I fought with my machine quite a bit today — the thread kept acting up.

Okay, okay, here’s the full shot:

KSKS bag
KSKS bag

Project Specifications:


Tiny Happy’s Shoulder Bag Tutorial (with some very minor construction modifications)

~1 yard of drapery remnant; ~1 yard of quilting cotton

15 July 2006 – 22 July 2006 (total time: ~4 hours)

More pictures and short discussion behind the cut.

packed bag
the bag packed with loot
outer fabric, lining fabric
pocket and magnetic snap
inside pocket and magnetic snap

I had some issues with the magnetic snap. I like it a lot, but I think that it is too heavy for the thickness of these fabrics. The outer fabric is fairly thick, but since the snap is attached to the inner fabric, it’s a little thin.

The inside pocket also gave me some headaches. I couldn’t get it to look the way I envisioned it in my head, so I gave up and made myself content with making it look decent.

I still cannot sew in a straight line! I have gotten a little better, and I took extra time with this bag so it doesn’t look completely horrible. It is still very much “homemade.”

I like the bag in general, and I hope my KSKS pal does, too. I still need to pick up a couple of extra things and to finish writing up the sock pattern I’m including. Here’s the sock prototype I made for the pattern pictures:

waves cresting
please block me!
the yarn is some of Cabin Cove Dave‘s gorgeous, soft sock yarn [you can buy some here]
the sock is based on a Barbara Walker stitch pattern, knit on Knit Picks US1 dpns

Phew! I was trying to post this last night, but my WSP was having serious issues.

11 Comments so far

  1. [...] You can see more pictures of the bag on my blog, if you like! [...]

  2. Kristina on July 23rd, 2006

    What a great bag! All the sewing I see people doing on their knitting blogs makes me want to get out my sewing machine and join in. Alas, it is kind of like my painting – it will have to wait until my daughter is a bit older. She gets into EVERYTHING, and by the time I set up everything while she is napping, she would be awake already (I am so jealous of people whose children nap for three hours!).

  3. miss violet on July 23rd, 2006


    Are you going to offer that sock pattern for sale or download anywhere when your pal’s received it? Because it’s -gorgeous-. Seriously.

  4. Deneen on July 23rd, 2006

    I am loving the bag and the socks! Nice job. We had a ton of rain here yesterday too with losts of thunderstorms, no blue skies to be seen yesterday or today either.

  5. Vera on July 23rd, 2006

    Beautiful bag, and the sock is very cute–nice pattern.

  6. Stacey on July 24th, 2006

    The bag came out so cute!!!! The sock too – very nice pattern – I can never seem to find just one of BW’s to do – I love so many!

  7. gleek on July 24th, 2006

    cute bag!

    don’t worry about the straight seams. it’s taken me years of sewing to get good seams down pat. do you have a magnetic seam guide? that really helps.

  8. Joni on July 27th, 2006

    I wanted to let you know that I just e-mailed you a copy of the ring code from the RingSurf admin. site. You’re listed as a member of the Fiber Arts Bloggers webring, but your blog is in the queue at the moment as you haven’t the ring code up on your blog. If you want to e-mail me when you have the ring code back up and whatnot, I’ll check it out and get you back into the ring as quickly as I can. Let me know if you need any help! :)

  9. [...] Last night I finished a zippered pouch for my KSKS pal that matches the bag I already made her. whee, zippered pouch that needs ironing [...]

  10. Andrea on August 9th, 2006

    Pretty sock!

  11. beverly on August 18th, 2006

    Great work–and I love your sock!