Bali Bag

One can never have enough totes or bags. Now that I am doing more sewing handwork, I find I have tools and materials scattered everywhere. Some are in small bags, boxes or bins. Others are just strewn all over my side table by my recliner, where I work. I needed one more tote to hold all of these smaller bags and things.

At the end of January, I had prepared the fabric for making a Bali Bag, using the Auntie Two Patterns. I chose to make my bag more of a beach bag shape. This meant that I had to lean the bag to the left as I sewed the strips. This angle makes the sides flair out. I chose this shape because I thought it could hold more, and be more flexible. When I travel with the Meemaws, the Clown Car gets pretty full. This bag can be squeezed into the pile of junk with which we travel.

Preparing the strips is the tedious part of this process. I used a Moda Jelly Roll. Instead of using Duo-Fuse, I used a roll of batting strips. For the handles, I chose to follow directions by Rob Appell of Man Sewing. He has a tutorial for making a folded strip bag, which I might make later on. I like the way he used four strips to make each handle. I added a batting strip to make the handle.

Now, everything I need for sewing handwork is tucked away in this soft, but sturdy tote.

Fabric Basket/Bowls

A few months ago, I purchased the Aunti’s Two Bali Bowls Pattern . I was able to make bowls and baskets for friends and family. My brother sent me fabric and a large order to make a few bowls for him. He has been very patient in waiting for me to do this.
Before I even think of starting the bowls for my brother, I decided to practice. It has been some time since I made one, and I needed a refresher. I had some prepared fabric strips left over from a previous bowl I had made myself. I have never made the large size bowl, so I thought it would be a good idea to practice on this size.
I am glad I did. I realized I did not start angling the basket soon enough. The results is a large, shallow bowl. I also did not have enough rope or fabric to complete the large size. It was fun getting back into making these bowls, even though this one was mainly a learning exercise.