With the Mondo Bag class the last few weeks, and actually traveling with the Featherweight, I decided that the handle on the original carrying case was in "fragile" condition, meaning "it could go at any time." It would break my heart to drop this beauty because the leather handle failed. Not much leather left holding it onto the metal clips anymore.
Here's my new carrying case, made (for the most part) on the Singer 221 Featherweight.
The lining in quilted to some batting. In hindsight, I would quilt through all three layers, if I did it again. For the pattern, I took apart a re-usable /recyclable grocery bag (It was about the right size -- the featherweight case fit inside). That way, I didn't have to think too hard about measurements--I just traced the pattern.)
I spent some time fussy-cutting the fabric for the bag so that the birds would show. In the end, I rolled the tops down so I could actually open the latches on the case easier, and the bird heads were covered by the rolled rim. So ...
I decided to make one more piece--a cover/topper for the carrying bag, that doubles as a matt for the little 221 to sit on when in use. It's the only place you can actually SEE the blue birds as intended.
The cover pieces is attached with some buttons and ever-versatile hair ties.
The Featherweight sitting on it's little matt, which doubles as the cover for the carrying case.
That's 2 projects completed on this little beauty! We're getting to know each other. Seems like I should have a name for her (like I name my cars) ... I'm leaning towards Millie (short for Mildred).
On another note (Sheila, this one's for you, as I suspect you're the only one who might make it this far ;-) How do you like the backdrop in first and last photo above? A friend gave me some dinner napkins as she knew I could dye them to give them a whole new life. This one came out like storm clouds. With what I've learned about PhotoShop and Textures, I'm much more conscious of the backdrops in my project photos now. Funny -- I started with PhotoShop and Photography because I wanted to improve the pics on my blog -- sort of. The PSE and Texture work kind of took on a life of their own, and makes the quilting and craft pics look not so polished. Well --to be honest, essentially they are just snapshots of the creative work I've done. Not every photo needs to be finished and polished with texture added [Here, I'm just trying to convince myself ...]
Thanks for staying with me this long.