Summer is a special time for getting together with family and friends. Whether you’re on summer break or just enjoying the weekend sunshine, it’s a special treat to venture outside with your blanket and picnic basket in hand. This week’s designs celebrate the special elements of picnicking: food, nature, and those unexpected guests – bugs!
With my kids about to return to school, this week has been a little nutty. We're attempting to cross a few remaining fun items off our summer to-do list but also going to dentist appointments, shopping for school supplies, pulling bigger clothes down from the attic for growing girls, and just generally gearing up for the return of the school routine.
Part of that school routine for us is packing lunches so when I ran across a book recently about making your own lunch boxes and sandwich wraps, I picked it up. Lunch Bags! 25 Handmade Sacks and Wraps to Sew Today, put out by Stash Books, features plenty of useful sewing projects for the bring-your-lunch-from-home crowd, whatever your age. Lunch bags of various types and sizes are well-represented but there are also sandwich wraps, snack bags, and even a toy felt food project thrown in. I've never made a lunch bag or wrap because the supplies are somewhat unfamiliar and maybe a little intimidating so my favorite tip, which inspired a genuine "Aha!" moment, is pulled from contributor Lucy Blaire's sandwich bag project. She uses quart-size plastic zipper bags as the inner liner of an oilcloth sandwich bag. (Why hadn't I thought of that?)
If you've got a lot of lunch-packing in your immediate future and want a venue to show off your sewing skills to the playground crowd, enter this week's giveaway for the Lunch Bags! book. We're also throwing in some lunch bag-making supplies–some fusible fleece, heavy- and medium-weight fusible interfacing, and some Insul-Fleece (an insulated interfacing)–so you don't have to spend time tracking down supplies and can get right down to sewing. Just comment here or on the corresponding Facebook post to be entered into this drawing. Entries close next Tuesday, 8/28 at 6pm EST, and we'll announce a winner on 8/29. As always, do include your Spoonflower screen name or some other means of tracking you down in case you're our winner. Good luck, hungry people!
Last week, we were giving away five big fat quarter bundles of designer Virginia Odien's new Hello Sunshine fabric collection, courtesy of the generous folks at Connecting Threads, plus five more hand-selected fat quarters of some of Virginia's Spoonflower designs. This meant we got to choose five winners, and they were Jean Janeri, Ravenz Tarot, Zjarie Paige Butterworth, Andybeedesigns, and Aerialkabuki. Congratulations, all, and we'll be in touch soon!