2 broken needles and a bent needle...

2 projects, 2 broken needles and a bent needle - that has to be a new record, even for me. I should probably start at the beginning, though: I am not dead. I'm sorry for disappearing on you. I didn't get whisked off to some exotic clime, with no internet access. My only excuse is that months and months of poor sleep just suddenly caught up with me. Then my daughter became ill and added further to the sleep deprivation. Ugh.Still, the end of the school year was fast approaching so it was time to drag out the sewing machine again. Bags, again. Well, I find totes useful and I thought it safest to keep to something that my sleep deprived brain knew. That didn't stop the sewing machine needle massacre from occuring, mind.

I wouldn't have minded if I was breaking needles on the sewing through 10 layers of fabric parts, but they were snapping on the easy bits - and I was using heavy duty needles, too. My sewing machine just kept having funny spells. At one point even the spikey metal thing that holds the bobbin case started sliding out forward. I couldn't see how it was supposed to be kept in place, so I just pushed it back and then everything went ok. It's probably time that I took the machine in for a service. It's been having too many funny spells lately. I'm just scared after hearing horror stories of machines coming back from being serviced and never working the same again...


Anyway, back to the bags. For my daughter's Kindergarten teacher, the red / pink apples above, reversible to these orange flowers:
I liked this orange flower print a lot.Then, for my son's Second Grade teacher, yet more apples (they must get so sick of apples, but I don't seem to be able to stop myself...)
Reversible to this:
Hopefully they'll like them, along with the other little bits and pieces we got them. My kids drew cards / little books / letters to add their thanks, but I don't think that it will be until they are adults that they really realise how lucky they were to have such great teachers.

Well, I'm off to the store to make the most of my last day of being able to run errands without the kids in tow. The summer holidays have crept up way too fast. Still, I'm trying to get prepared - I'm already writing lists of ideas. Now, if I could just persuade my kids to sleep in for once...

13 comments:

  1. LOVE the bags!!!

    Good luck with summer prep! My son's preschool ends next week, which means the freedom of running errands with only two children in tow will end soon...

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  2. Good to hear from you! The bags are lovely, especially the first one, with that gorgeous flower print.

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  3. Dawn! I love those bags. And I don't even like print fabric so much normally. These are just chic! Lucky teachers! Good to hear from you again, and I hope you have a smashing summer! We are enjoying the warm weather, but I have to say, it's 10000X more tiring now that I have all three back home 24/7.

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  4. The bags are wonderful!! As a teacher, that would most certainly be my favorite gift of the year!! :)

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  5. Dawn lovely to see you back!
    Great bags for the lucky teachers!

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  6. The bags are great. Nice to hear from you

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  7. Hello! What lucky teachers. Teachers just got boxes of After Eight mints or hankies when I was at school!

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  8. Love the totes! I wish I had a bit more confidence in my sewing skills to make a present for end of the school year gifts. Maybe next year :)

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  9. I love that flower print, too & the other bags print as well! Fab! Glad to see a new post from you, I just found your blog during your last week of posts & you do such cute stuff I was waiting to see something again! :)
    I just made my husband a pillow with a remote pocket for Father's Day & my daughter the most adorable swing top yesterday! Thanks for inspiring me to get goin!

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  10. These are great bags. I am giving my daughters teachers bags this year for Christmas. I am sure that there are only so many chocolates and flowers that a teacher can handle.

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  11. I'm teacher bag-making too - but we still have 2 weeks to go (thank goodness). I am sort of ready and yet not ready for the Summer holidays.

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  12. I'd assumed you'd been whisked off somewhere exotic....!
    These bags are gorgeous - what lovely teacher presents to give. Wish I was that talented :)

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  13. These look wonderful! Do you have a tutorial for these bags? I would love to try to make them! I know that I am going to be using your tutorial for the doll houses for 4 little girls this Christmas and I have one older girl that wants a nice bag and I thought this one would be great!

    Thank you!

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