Now as I can never remember with zips, I had to follow some online instruction to get the pieces right. Then came the sewing. I’m sure this should have taken less than an hour, but it was my first time working with “oilcloth”, which was actually “laminated cotton”, which I’m not entirely sure is the same thing. I’ve heard others say that oilcloth is easy to sew…so I don’t think this was oilcloth at all…Because I was using it for the lining, I had to sew the right side of it all the time. And it STUCK under the presser foot. So much sew, that I didn’t have to just “ease it through”, more like drag it kicking and screaming while trying not to pull my machine on the floor. Another downside to “oilcloth” is that you can’t really iron down the seams properly. I’m not sure it’s safe to do so. I tried under a piece of cloth, but it started to smell a little strange, so I gave that up. Anyway, apart from the fabric, it turned out really well. Next time I will put a little pull tag at the zip ends, because there is nowhere really to grab when you open it up, but it’s a lovely bag nonetheless.
The drive ended up taking just over an hour on the motorway, and it was great to see M and her son again. There were a couple of tantrums, but all got resolved, and I think H and L had fun, despite both being a bit tired of all the excitement. It’s good for me to get out and spend a day with a good friend. It’s such a rare occurence, but I suppose that’s what makes it special? The drive home was a little busy, but no delays and the children were in good spirits, despite being constantly hungry! My period made it’s appearance and I’m wishing it hadn’t in a way, or at least waited until next month! So I could barely eat anything as I feel so bloated and full of cramps anyway. Just thankful for paracetamol and hoping I can lie in tomorrow 😉