Hot off my sewing machine is possibly my first set of matching grocery bags!
Like many of you, I've made a ton of these bags. But this might be the first time I have a perfectly matching set where the exterior and lining fabrics are both the same. Usually I have to mix it up somewhere (the handles) because I don't have enough fabric to make them match.
The bird print fabric is something I picked up at Greenbaum's Quilted Forest. I looked for this print online and can't find it anywhere. The selvedge doesn't have a print name, and the bolt end only listed only the manufacturer and content (cotton/linen blend) info. Usually that's enough info to find a print online, but not this time. So if you need this fabric, get in touch with Greenbaum's.
The red dot print is called Spot On from Robert Kaufman.
Maybe I should start numbering these pincushion cuffs? Sometimes I make one specific thing a bunch of times, and at some point I do start to wonder, "how many of these have I made...???".
This comes up for me with the Grocery Bags, but it's too many years of sewing them to go back and figure out the total number. It's only been since March of this year that I started making cuffs to sell in my etsy shop, I'm going to go back and count. Hold on...
Ok, so this one is: 2015.17. Twelve cuffs have sold, and this is the fifth one listed in my etsy shop.
Since I'm feeling talkative today, let me tell you about using fleece in the cuff instead of the batting called for in the pattern. I ran out of batting a while back, but had lots of fleece so I started using it instead. It's not any better to use fleece (Pellon 987f), it's just different and another option.
Since the fleece isn't as dense as batting, I use a bigger piece than the batting called for in the pattern. The fleece piece is 3.25" wide x 7.25" high and then it's fused to the center of the cuff fabric.
Once the cuff is pressed and folded there will be two layers of fleece, which makes the cuff a bit puffy. Stitching a few rows down the center will squish the puff down, and it looks nice too. I like lots of stitching. :0]