Ok, I’m laying myself bare with this post, but its something I cannot ignore and I feel its important I say it. Controversial it may be and a post that I may end up regretting in time because of its sensitive subject, but here goes….
I love the Amy Butler Weekender Bag, the shape, the size, the possibility of making something stylish and unique to me – no wonder its so popular.
It has been on my “I’d love to make one someday” list for so long. With the Fat Quarter Retreat coming up my mind started thinking of possibilites. Then came along Art Gallery Fabric’s Make it Right Challenge using Angela Walters Right Angles Panel from the Textures collection. Perfect partners, win win. Make a bag, in a gorgeous fabric with the added bonus of entering it into a contest to win fantastic prizes.
|Right Angles Panel by Angela Walters
Image taken from Art Gallery Fabrics blog
I love this panel, it is so me, the colours and geometric shapes.
I tracked down a UK supplier and bought a couple of panels, before I lost impetus. I must say it is even more lovely in real life. I haven’t used Art Gallery Fabric before and now I know why it is such a favourite, it feels so soft to handle.
After planning in the time and dithering over which method to use I decided to go with the popular QAYG method and spent a few hours last night and a few more this afternoon ‘internet’ shopping around for the rest of the supplies.
It works out cheaper to buy the coordinating solid fabric (for the lining, handles and piping) from the US (by approx. £10). It will shorten my make up time having it shipped from US, it will be a rush but I can live with that. (The contest rules state that you have to use the Pure Elements fabric as ‘fillers’).
I also need to buy some Duck Cloth/Canvas, Aurifil thread, bag feet, piping, the pattern and the zip. And I’d like the bag to have those rectangle rings on the handles. I’ve got the pattern on hold at John Lewis to pick up tomorrow and I’ll buy the piping while I’m there. I’d shopped around to get the best prices and lowest delivery cost for the remaining bits and bobs and have everything in my virtual shopping carts ready to buy.
This is when I got the calculator out for my total spend. Are you ready for this.
For supplies and delivery charges (not including the zip or piping as I don’t have a cost for them yet or the rectangle handle rings because they aren’t a necessity) my Weekender bag is going to cost me….. £91.36!!!
How do can I justify spending this amount of money when we are a one income family and it’s not something I especially need? I honestly don’t think I can go ahead with the bag, the cost makes it too inhibitive. And there I was planning a post tomorrow about the projects I’ve got coming up. I may need to re-think.
Please be assured that I’m not writing this blog post for sympathy but only to highlight the cost of supplies.
On a totally different note, I would like to say a huge Thank You to everyone who has entered my giveaway so far. I’ve been astounded by the number of you that have entered, thank you.