Tuesday, I hosted two friends and my mom for a day of sewing! We made Mail Sacks, the most wonderful bag pattern ever.
My mom brought down her two machines and between her machines and mine (plus a very curious Eleanor and a crawling-all-over-the-place Graham), we kept the kitchen hopping!
We turned the counter into a cutting and pressing station:
And the table into our sweatshop: (after all, the heat index was around 110!)
Eleanor wanted to help “Gigi” sew her bag. She got to help with a backstitch on my mom’s old Bernina.
We kept commenting about the variety of fabric pairings we ended up with. My mom’s was made from two black and white prints, along with two solids on the lining and pockets. Super cute!
Toward the end of our day, our friend Allison stopped by with Sonic happy hour drinks! Seam ripping goes down much more easily with a Sonic drink in hand. (Let’s break from the action long enough for me to share a wish of mine. Wouldn’t the world be an awesome place if your ice dispenser in your fridge dispensed Sonic-style ice? You know you agree. Just admit it.)
And, we enjoyed my very favorite cookie recipe. At some point I realized that we were making Pink Chalk Studio Mail Sacks (designed by Kathy Mack) and eating the chocolate chip cookie recipe that I got from her blog a few years ago. It was like we were having our very own Kathy Mack holiday or something! You really should try her recipe. I think I’ve been asked for it every time I make them. Something about the combo of the powdered sugar and milk chocolate chips sucks people in.
And the finished products! Here are Cali and Elexis with their bags:
And me with my adorable mom. She made the Mini version of the bag. I don’t think I’ve ever posted my own photo on my blog before. I told them that if I was doing it, then I was taking them down with me!
Wanna see inside? Kathy’s pattern (for the regular size Sack) includes one side with a divided pocket and another side with a zipper (not shown in these photos). Her method for putting in the zipper is super easy- ours were installed in no time.
And the outside! I’d seen a couple of Mail Sacks that Kathy made recently that included a nice bit of trim between the main bag bottom and the yoke. This is not a part of the original design or pattern. We decided that we wanted to include that, so I e-mailed Kathy. She wrote me back so quickly and gave me the info we needed to add that feature. We could have done our own method, but it was great to have her exact measurements. We all agreed that we LOVED the look.
We had such a great time sewing together. I cannot recommend it enough! We’re already plotting our next crafty adventure…