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Emergency Shopping

2011 June 8
by elizabeth_admin


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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.  🙂

5 Responses leave one →
  1. June 8, 2011

    I seem to have that kind of fabric emergency ALL the time! LOL

  2. June 8, 2011

    Good save! And remember, if you ever want to make a DOUBLE wine bag (for that doubly fantastic teacher or aide) I have a handy dandy tutorial on my blog 🙂

  3. June 8, 2011

    The wine bag will be inexpensive, quick and fabulous! Great choice!

    I’m on a fabric-buying freeze for the month of June, but that “Need it now! Right NOW!” feeling happens to me all. the. time. I’m hoping that by taking a break from the buying, that little gremlin will settle down and chillax. He sure is a greedy booger.

    Glad to hear that Jack will be able to fully enjoy his birthday! Great news!!

  4. June 8, 2011

    Oh, I missed that Jack is sick. I hope he gets well soon! My daughter (and I, with her) spent more days… weeks… months on the nebulizer than I care to count. Hang in there.

  5. SusieR permalink*
    June 9, 2011

    I LOVE the idea of a wine bag. Does it get any easier or fun! I can see so many ‘theme’ possibilities. Thanks bunches for that idea!!!!
    Get better, Jack, you cutie pie!!!

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