A few weeks ago, Jennifer of Ellison Lane invited me to participate in the Dritz Mystery Box Challenge. To participate in the challenge I would be sent a “mystery box” containing a variety of Dritz sewing tools and notions and then get to create something using at least five of those tools.
This is the box that showed up at my house. Whoa! Look at all of those goodies! It was fun to see what was available and get my wheels turning. Who out there hasn’t used some kind of Dritz sewing notion? They’ve been around for almost 100 years. I remember my mom using them when she sewed and when I first started taking sewing lessons in my neighbor Pam’s basement when I was 10.
Dritz has a fantastic new site, www.Dritz.com where you can see the wide variety of their products as well as find tutorials and patterns for using them.
Here are a few of the Dritz products I used for my project. I’ve had a specific bag project in mind for a while and this finally gave me the push to make it.
I got these mini charms of Robert Kaufman prints last spring at quilt market. While I was there I saw Lee Chappell’s amazing bag she made with a similar palette and had to do something like it. So this bag is a shameless copy an “homage” of Lee’s beautiful style. My bag shape is different, so it’s not a total copy, but I definitely need to credit her as my inspiration.
The sewing clips came in handy for assembling the bag.
A few other fun new-to-me notions that I used were the Swivel hook on a tab for keeping track of my keys, the awl for making holes for the grommets. I have to admit, grommets have always slightly intimidated me so I’ve never actually used them. This was a perfect way to push me out of my comfort zone and just try it!
I used the handy grommets and tools tutorial to walk me through it, got out my hammer, and success! I felt so empowered. Why did I wait this long? (All of you who have successfully used grommets for years are chuckling and those who are like me, and feeling intimidated by them, let me be your grommets-empower-er!)
And here is the finished bag. I brought it with us on our family Fall-break trip to Capitol Reef National Park. I think it coordinates nice with the scenery.
I will be writing a tutorial for this bag in the coming weeks so you can make your own, if you so desire.