If the Olympics had an event for bag making (and they totally should) then I think today’s Meet the Maker guest would be up there on the podium. Although she’s only been creating bags for a little over a year, her flawless finishes and unique fabric selection make it seem like she was born to make bags. I introduce to you the wonderful Chris, of UnThreaded.
Tell us a little about yourself.
While I’ve been a crafter all of my life, learning one after another I just started sewing a little over a year ago. I found a true passion! I love fabric just as much as I love making bags with it and have collected many, many yards over the last year.
I celebrated my 25th anniversary with my very supportive, fabric buying husband this spring. We have 2 mini dachshunds, a cat, a large marine aquarium and a daycare with 15 kids enrolled in our home. I love my house full but also love my “me” time in my sewing room completing tasks that aren’t immediately undone by that list of crazy I just mentioned. My other hobbies besides sewing are travel and reading. That’s why I chose the picture I did, that was take on my last trip to Victoria B.C. at a book store. My other two happy places at the same time!
How long have you been making bags and how did you get started?
I’ve been making bags for just over a year. I started teaching myself to sew by quilting and really enjoyed it. This is when someone introduced me to bag making and pdf patterns. A true love was born!
What do you enjoy the most about bag making?
I love watching flat fabric transform into shape and purpose. It’s also wonderful that it’s a never ending learning process. I’ve been learning all I can about bag making for a year and feel I have barely touched the surface of what there is to learn and try. No matter how many bags I make the list of bags I want to make grows!
Do you have a favourite fabric designer or style?
I have several. Michael Miller, Alexander Henry, Alison Glass, Tula Pink and most of the big name fun and unique designers. Along with those however I also love to use the unexpected material, if I can get my hands on it and get it under my needle it’s going to be a bag!
What is your number one bag making tool or notion that you cannot live without?
This answer will be the exact opposite of most bag makers but it’s definitely my iron! I love my iron. I love that when I interface my fabrics with my iron that’s the moment I see and feel the fabric becoming a bag. It changes so much in those few minutes. It’s also the time I turn up the music and have an ironing dance party! Then once the bag is complete the last step is running that iron over it and bringing out the bags true beauty. I’ve considered a steam press many times to save time but feel I’d miss my iron and my dance parties!
Do you have any tips for someone new to bag making?
Join a few groups for support and never be afraid to try.
What has been your proudest creative moment?
I couldn’t even begin to answer. I think I’ve had that with each bag I’ve finished. Yes, some look much better than others and on some I do feel a huge sense of pride when I look at my craftsmanship. I do believe though that I am proud of each one I finish, even the ones with glaring flaws because I put my time and my heart into them. I learned valuable lessons with each that will make me a better bag maker in the future.
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Thank you, Chris, for inviting us into you bag making world. Is anybody else thinking they might need to try an ironing dance party for their next bag?