I have been feeling unwell this month. It is some sort of yet-to-be-determined illness that has taken me out more days than I care to recount. I have been trying to keep up in the kitchen (because of the aforementioned hungry people) and have left the rest of the house to fend for itself. It was with great happiness then, when I got the latest issue of Stitch in the mail. I will happily sit in on the couch with a magazine like this. Just sitting here reading it makes me feel productive.
There are two projects of mine in this issue: a small-sized backpack and a bento style lunch bag. The backpack is very similar to this one that I made for Little Sam. It's a bit bigger, unlined and not too tricky if you happen to have a few D-rings and a big-ish zipper lying around. I have made others like it and have altered the project by sewing in stiff interfacing into the "back" and the bottom of the bag. I didn't include those bits in the pattern because I wanted to keep it easy-breezy.
The bento bag is a quick put together and fits a standard sized metal stacked tiffin (like this one) perfectly. It makes a great dude gift. Or you can use it as a stand-alone lunch sack for bits and pieces. It stands up nicely on its own. Take it one step further and insulate it with something like insul-brite.
I'm very happy to have these patterns published and out in the world along side of some very talented sewists and friends. Maybe I should put together a flickr pool for Stitch projects from the House of Crazy? Hopefully there are more than the half-dozen pie carriers I've made floating around out there. I'm also very happy to have time to sew through some piles today (laundry be damned), with cutting through some Liberty Tana Lawn being a highlight (thrills and chills, folks). I also roasted a chicken last night which has turned my mostly meat free world upside-down and is probably a post for another day. Oh, I know. Pins and Needles.