I designed and cut a bag eons ago, but didn’t sew it. Recently looking about for an easy sew, I found the pieces and decided to sew it up. However, something got lost in the interim and I simply could not remember the design! Ever lazy, I decided to wing it…and ended up with a floppy, oblong bag with bows on the handles. I tried to use it on my Maine trip, unsuccessfully. And then a friend organized a day trip to Vermont, and the Useless Bag found its purpose: as a camera lens bag!
First, the bag. Once I finished it, I was pretty sure the original idea was a bag with boxed corners and a deep bag header. But I’d sewn up the whole bag before I found the header pieces, so I turned them into bows. A bit juvenile, but I honestly never thought I would use this in public!
That being said, I love this fabric. LOVE it. It’s very me. I almost hate that I used it for a bag I’ll rarely use, but maybe it will get more use now that I know it holds my lenses beautifully. I don’t remember where it came from, but I know I went through a phase where I was drawn to rainbow colored animal print fabrics.
And I love the lining–it’s just broadcloth, but the wine color really anchors the busy printed fabric. I did take a pleat in the lining because it didn’t quite match up with the shell pieces of the bag, but I like the idea of giving a bag interior a little extra room. Or is that backwards thinking? Bag making, despite all the ones I’ve made, is still a mystery. I used an edgestitching foot to stitch the shell and lining together at the upper edge, for strength. Surprisingly, this bag felt pretty durable all day long!
So, the day trip. If you have a chance to visit New England, it’s beautiful year round. Get out of the city and it’s nature in all its glory everywhere you go! Despite growing up here, I’ve never been to Vermont, and I’ve only gone north to see the changing leaves by accident.
We actually made our first stop in Contoocook, New Hampshire, where I got to ask a local how to pronounce the town’s name. It is (roughly): kun-TI-kik. Gotta love those New England town names! This one reminds me of Cochituate, in how fun it is to say.
Then we went to the Farmer’s Market just outside Woodstock, Vermont, where I was viciously attacked by bees while my friends calmly ate their lunches, completely undisturbed. Certainly, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it! :-p
With food in our bellies, we traipsed through the town of Woodstock (where the top photo was taken) on our way to Sugarbush Farm, a few miles from town. They make cheese and maple syrup there, as well as have a few animals. Animals smell!!! Phew! The farm was lovely, and actually a really fun stop. Definitely something for people of all ages, and all interests — you could go for the cheese, the animals, the syrup, the cheesy ‘your-face-here’ paintings that people love to pose in (I got to be a little piggie), the view, or simply the clean air and the lovely ride to get to the farm.
Finally, we traced our steps back to Quechee, Vermont, which was the highlight of the trip for me. The town is gorgeous. It has its own gorge, and its own state park, and both are great photo ops as you can see. We even saw a hot air balloon floating over the gorge as we drove out of town. Amazing!!! I’ve never been that close to a hot air balloon. All in all, it was a great day and a great way to give purpose to a make that might otherwise have remained unutilized. Double #winning!