You know how suddenly you need a piece of fabric pronto, like yesterday? You don’t? Am I the only one who experiences this?
I’ve got it into my head that I want to make handmade gifts again for Jack’s teacher and teacher aides. Why a teacher needs two aides is beyond me, but… One of the aides is male. I was planning on making necklaces like I made for my sister recently for the two women, but what on earth do I make for the male teacher??? I’ve been looking at gift lists for men on line but haven’t found anything that tickles my fancy. I finally thought of making a messenger bag for him. It’s only slightly more complicated than my tote bag pattern and takes more fabric, I’m assuming. The problem is, all my fabric that would be suitable for a bag is very feminine.
So, long story long, I traipsed over to my go to fabric store in the hood, P&S Fabrics, at lunch time today. Of course, as luck would have it, they’re closed for a Jewish holiday. Nuts! Luckily the store next door was open, JEM Fabric Warehouse. I should have taken a picture of their storefront, but didn’t think to do so. It’s junky. I always pass it by with disdain. Well, out of fabric desperation, I walked in. I really liked this store. It will definitely go onto my fabric store rotation from now. They had the usual drivel, but there were some really nice fabrics there too. And they had a decent, if dusty, trimmings section. I found a perfect for a messenger bag canvas in a fancy schmancy ticking style by Ralph Lauren, but the price was a little too high, $15/yd. Don’t get me wrong though. If the project was larger or more important, I would have paid that much, maybe, because the quality was there. I just didn’t want to pay that much for a messenger bag fabric. I left empty handed, but still happy that I discovered a hidden fabric store treasure. Now, if they would just make the front windows a little more upscale…
So, the messenger bag is out, but a wine bag is in! One of my co-workers had the best idea: to make the male teacher a wine bag and give him some wine (maybe a bottle of my friend Michael’s Riverstone! Awesome wine BTW). So every teacher will get a handmade gift. Yeah! I love when there’s a happy ending to a story.
PS: Jack is much better. Thank you for all the well wishes on my last post. He is on the nebulizer 3x/day for the time being and is breathing much more easily now. I think he’ll be in tip top shape for his birthday party this weekend too. 🙂