With scrap pieces left over and not put away yet, I decided to make a retreat bag from my latest quilt.
For some reason I got lost along the way and made 4 handles, when two sufficed. I opted to attach all four and tie a knot in the center of each pair. This way I can shoulder the bag or shorten it by a new knot for hand carrying. (Don't you just delight at how well I justify my mistakes, and I've never kissed the Blarney Stone). While making the handles I eventually recalled a trick learned 30+ years ago from Stetch n Sew.
For those persons unfamiliar with Stretch n Sew, it offered great methods of sewing knits during the 1960''s-late 1990's. Short cuts and learning how to size patterns to our imperfect bodies was wonderful!
(4) When done sewing the long side you're ready to pull the right sides out by pulling the long end of the twill. It may take a few seconds to get it started but once you get the 'touch' the right sides show very quickly. when turned carefully snip the "puller" and work the corners to a point. It took Handle #1 about twenty minutes to pull through because laziness kept me from getting up and finding a puller.....I made and turned the other three handles in far less time than the first 20 minutes.
While I wish I had waterproofed the outside, the bag will work fine next week. I'm so excited to be on the Big lake for a weekend. If interested in a day of sewing follow this link to our Facebook page outlining the $10 fee and food requirements.