You might remember that a couple of months ago I joined a walking group. Well, I am loving it! We have been through the woods on more than one occasion and I have noticed the leaves coming out on the trees and things sprouting here and there. We have seen baby lambs - just newborn! - little calves, geese, an alpaca - or a llama I can never tell the difference - horses, bluebells, daffodils, crocuses and a hundred other wonders of nature.
I have and am loving it! I am even working up to going on the "long" walk which is a little intimidating as apparently they go faster and further, but I will get there!
To start with I was really nervous of talking to people, but it has got easier each week and encouraged me to keep going.
There has been one little thorn in the side of this walking. It isn't my new waterproof coat which is bright orange and a little embarrassing. It isn't my 20 plus year old walking boots which are still going strong. It hasn't been my appalling lack of fitness or my shyness either.
No, much sillier than any of those things. Despite the fact that I have lots of handbags and a rucksack, shopping bags, a bag for my walking boots, suitcases and many other pieces of luggage I didn't have a bag suitable for dropping my phone and keys into to take walking. So each week I have been stuffing my pockets full of things. Which has been OK, but the weather is getting warmer now so I will not need to wear my bright orange coat - without suffocating in the heat! - and I needed something to stow my stuff in. I also needed a bag that weighed as little as possible as I don't want to be carrying any extra weight!
Of course I could have bought a bag, but you know me, I am a maker of things and I had all of this fabric and a perfectly good sewing machine. Surely I could fashion something for myself.
So eventually I made this! Ta Dah! One walking bag. No, not a bag that walks, a bag for taking on walks!
It fits in all of my stuff and I can even roll up my walking coat and ram it in there if it gets to hot to wear to walk in it. It weighs nothing other than the weight of what is inside, is waterproof and was free! You cannot get better than that can you.
I used a panel of fabric that came in a kit to make an apron - I didn't need another apron! - and to make it waterproof a really cheap shower curtain that I had bought for a couple of pounds because I needed the rings for the curtain that came with it, but not the actual curtain.
The apron panel kit thing came with enough of the blue fabric to make a front and back and then the yellow piece which was meant to be a pocket. I used that to make a flap to go over the top so that if I really stuff the bag full the opening will be covered and remain waterproof.
I fashioned two little tabs on either side to pass the drawstring/straps through and used some more of the yellow fabric to make a channel at the top for the drawstring.
You can see above how I fixed the flap on to the back of the bag and you can see the white which is the shower curtain that I used to like everything to make it waterproof.
Inside I just left the seams showing. I could have hidden them or made French seams, but I didn't feel the need. This bag is just for me and as long as it keeps my phone and keys and tissues and lip balm and gloves and, well you get the point, dry that is all I need.
So there you have it! My new walking bag that will hold all of that stuff and enable me to keep on with the walking that I am enjoying so much. Plus I used up some more of the stuff in my house for a practical purpose, so that has to be good right!
What have you been making or sewing recently?
p.s. linking with Julie for sew, stitch, snap, share - thank you for hosting Julie!