Some projects inspire me with their clever designs, others by necessity. Take the Stowe bag pattern designed by Grainline. I was looking for storage solutions for crochet projects as all my baskets were full…
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Sewing The Stowe Bag By Grainline
Thank goodness, I have actually enjoyed sewing this project. I thought I had lost my sewing ‘enjoyment’ mojo forever. Although I have been sewing recently, it was hard to find the fun in it. I missed that ‘zinging’ sewing feeling. You know the one… That moment, the one when you start a project at 10am and suddenly look up and 3 hours have flown by in an instant. This also happens when I garden. Happy times.
I actually started on this project because I needed some storage bags for my crochet WIP’s projects (works in progress)
Stowe Bag The details:
- Available as a PDF, ( a rather expensive one, in my opinion)
- Two sizes included in the patter, Now thats a plus point and very handy.
- Very easy to piece together, another plus point.
- Bias binding is required, so have a practice first on something else?
- I simply loved the end result and options given for shaping the bags.
- The inner pockets are so useful.
- These bags are perfect for stowing away crochet or indeed any or all of your yarn projects.
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I diligently followed the instructions as per the digital booklet and made no changes for this bag. Nice instructions, but some processes I felt were unnecessary, pins would sufficed in some areas.
This is the final result: I like it and as you can see, it is already a hard working project storage bag!
Stow Bag in the larger size:
I then progressed to the larger bag. Desperately in need of a big bag to store my boodles yarn projects and my large hooks. I decided the large size would be perfect for my chunky yarn projects.
A Large Denim Stowe Bag
I decided my denim obsession needed an outlet, I raided my fabric stash for denim and came up with a heavy weight stretch denim with a touch of sparkle! Ever keen on embellishment I then found a tin of iron-on patches, I had been saving for a special project, perfect for the exterior and some ‘Made in Britain’ tape that I used to bind the inner pocket section. ! With exuberant details like these, the bias binding just had to be spectacular. I found some very dubious leopard print bias binding in my collection. Perfection…
As you can see the large bag holds a lot of yarn, and the pockets are perfect for, notebooks and pencils too, as well as hooks..
So what do you think? Will you be adding the Stowe bag to your sewing list? I can highly recommend it if you are lacking storage…
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