Sunday, August 14, 2016
FIVE MINUTES TO MAKE DO...
A few weeks ago my Dear Aunt was heading away for two weeks of vacation bliss. She was trying to reduce the weight of her purse and didn't want to carry the heavy leather cover on her tablet. But since the tablet would be in her purse, she needed something to protect the screen from the myriad stuff that fills every woman's purse!
She stopped by my house to see if any of my miscellaneous fabric bags could work. Nope. Not a one would fit. I knew I had to have SOMETHING in my sewing room that could be pressed into service...in a matter of FIVE MINUTES!
Back in 2010-2011 when I rethreaded my old sewing machine for the first time in YEARS, I used some miscellaneous charm squares I had purchased on ebay to begin making a sewing machine cover. If my machine was going to be set up all the time, it needed to be protected! Fast forward six months or so and I traded my old sewing machine in for my new Ellure Plus. I was thrilled with my new machine, but saddened that my sewing machine cover was way too small. I kept the partially completed cover hoping that some day I would find a use for the now "scrap" partially quilted fabric.
In those five minutes of forced creativity I pulled out the cover, used one of the finished edges for the top of the bag and with two swipes of the rotary cutter and two seams the bag was finished. There wasn't even enough time for me to press out the wrinkles or add a velcro closure to the top. Even so, my Dear Aunt was thrilled and the bag worked PERFECTLY to protect her tablet for travel. She promised that one day she will bring it over for me to make a closure and give it a good pressing. Even wrinkled, though, we are both thrilled with the outcome of a 5 minute "make do".