Saturday, August 23, 2014

Getting Some Closures

I’m one of those dudes who has what I call, the final step problem. You know what I mean? Do I put away my clean laundry or just pick out of the laundry basket all week? Do I put away the dishes or just pull the clean ones from the dishwasher. So it should be no surprise that there were sewing projects also waiting for final touches. Those missing final touches being that I needed to be added were closures.
But I there was no more time to procrastinate! Some of these bags had new homes to go to so I couldn't put it off any longer.

You remember my Daycare Bag right? I really struggled to think about what type of closure would be best for its function. I don’t think a bigger clasp would have been beneficial for a mom or dad on the go shoving last minutes items into the bag. So I just decided to be unoriginal and just do some snaps. I figured if they actually needed to close it that these would be sufficient.

I was a little apprehensive putting these on. I've done grommets before, which I didn't realize are very similar to these. The instructions on the back of the package were so tiny and vague. So I reached out to the internet thinking, “no big deal – there’s probably a youtube video showing how to do this”… yea, no (or at least I couldn't find one). I was lucky enough to find this blog called Sid's In Stitches – this Sid lady is my new hero cause without her showing me the steps I might have blown threw more snaps than I had on hand. Anyways, this is why I created this blog – to say thanks, so thanks Sid!

The last bag that needed a closure before it got sent out was my Hippy Dippy Bag. This one could handle a bigger and badder closure, so I found this leather toggle cutie to use. I figured big deal – I just need to sew this down…. Well, you know how I’m complaining that I don’t have proper needle usage down? Yea I think I’m still having that problem because when I tried to sew this down I got some for real eyelashing problems. But maybe the tension was wrong….

So I had to think about what I could do. I decided to change it up and use a.... a... back-and-forth stich? a... a... tight zig-zag stich? Man I just really need to educate myself soon on these terms.

I of course I did a quick google to see how others were sewing on their leather toggles. I found a blog by a lady named Maris called Sew Maris. She’s amazing and a talent. How she put on her leather toggles on was inspired and the coat she made was perfection.

Maybe I learned something, maybe I just need to re-read my old posts:
  • Maybe as I get further along I really need to take a class or read a book.  It's fun discovering on my own, but I think a little training could go a looooonnng way.
  • When all else fails do it your way and love it.
  • I love finding new sewing idols and learning from them.  <3 <3 <3