Saturday, August 30, 2008

the base

Working some more today on the Lisa Gentry Yarn Bag.

Firstly... I knew that I wanted to stiffen the base, so the bag would sit nicely and keep its shape. I'll need something plastic, just in case the bag ever gets wet.

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I found this plastic piece which was the base of an old laundry bag. It's quite thick, but still flexible... so it should do the trick beautifully.

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First I cut out a circle the same size as the base of the bag. It is a bit of a rough circle... but as long as there are no sharp corners, it will be fine.

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Now I add some holes. If you are squeamish... close your eyes! It is not a refined process. I am literally stabbing holes into the plastic, using a metal skewer.

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I need holes so that I can actually attach the base to the bag. Twelve holes are plenty.

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I've popped the base in... ready for stitching.

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Using one of the yarns from the bag and a wool needle, I am sewing right through the plastic and the crochet bag

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I'm stitching over a few crocheted threads and then going back into the bag and through the same hole in the plastic again.

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I don't need to worry about the mess on the inside... this will be covered by the lining. Mind you, I do like to ensure my starting and finishing knots are on the underside of the plastic.

Ready for the lining now... click here for details

4 comments:

cats-rockin-crochet said...

Simple yet effective base, now to find some plastic to follow your directions.

laughing purple goldfish said...

lol... just the way I like it cat... SIMPLE and EFFECTIVE

Stramenda said...

You know, I'd never thought of actually sewing in a base. All those grocery bags that I have that my bases fall out in the car, and its this simple ! Excellent idea !

laughing purple goldfish said...

too easy! and you only have to go to your boot to find them :)