I seem to get alot of custom orders. For instance, the Butterfly Pillow, and the Pillow for Rachel. These custom orders often leave me in a little bit of a cunundrum. I love to sew, and I need to "get the word out" about my crafts in order for my business to grow. But custom orders pose an interesting problem for me. They are usually not something I would normally make, and they often cut into the time I have for making things I've been wanting to make (and that list is long!).
But I do it because I have trouble saying no. And you know what? I usually end up having a LOT of fun making it. Especially the Rachel Pillow. All the fabrics were not ones I would have normally chosen, but when it all came together I was really pleased with the result. And that's the thing: when you sew under other people's constraints, it really helps you look outside the box and learn how to sew outside your comfort range. And that's a good thing.
This time, the Erica Bag, named for the friend who requested it. It's a bag that I designed and thought up all by myself - no pattern. I aimed for the least amount of waste possible, and even reused some old bedsheet material from a friend's move. I'm the first to admit - it's a simple tote - but to have come up with it all myself makes me feel good.
And of course, no bag is complete without a zippered pocket: