~The YOGA Bag~

You may not know it~
but a friend of mine in yoga asked me to make her a YOGA bag.
She treated herself to a new yoga mat and a yogitoes towel.
She wanted a lovely new bag to carry it all in.
When she asked me to make the bag I wondered "why?"
"Why would she ask me to make her a yoga bag?"
Then I remembered I was a seamstress. ;-)
Sometimes I still can't believe I've taught myself to sew!
I was very flattered that she asked. 
Truly I was.
So I said "yes."
"Sure! I'll make you a yoga bag."
She already had the fabric. She said I would love it. 
And I did...I do!
I love the beautiful fabric!

Every time we'd see each other in yoga we'd chat about THE BAG!

You may not know it:
But as we chatted there was this little voice in the back of  my scattered mind that kept saying:
"What are you doing?
You don't even have a pattern.
You've never made a yoga bag!
How will you design it?
You are new at sewing!
You couldn't possibly make a bag someone would enjoy carrying to and from yoga.
This is BIG!
How in the world are you going to do this?
Can YOU do this?"

I never let on to my sweet friend that I didn't have a clue how I was going to make
the yoga bag.
I just smiled and remained OPTIMISTIC!
I chose to BELIEVE that I COULD!
One thing she wanted was somewhere to put her water bottle
in the bag.
Every time I thought about attaching something in the bag that might hold a water bottle I got stumped.
That kind of sewing was for advanced sewers.
Surely I wouldn't have to use elastic! 
I didn't have a clue about elastic!
But I kept smiling...and believing! ;-)
Thank goodness I have a friend who's a big~time....FOR REAL SEAMSTRESS!
She's a life~long quilter.
When I get stumped...she comes to the rescue.
{Don't you just love little fairies like that in your life...I do.}
You may not know it~
But I finished the YOGA bag today!
All the BELIEVING paid off!
I finished it!
I'm not going to tell you it was easy.
It was far from easy!
I totally had to man~handle this bag!
It was huge!
I had to change needles!
There was FORCE involved!
I had to let it know who was boss! 
All in all I'm happy with it.
There are a few things I'll do different next time.
I've spotted some uneven seams.
I wish it was perfect...but it's not.
I do know this~
It was made with lots of JOY and plenty of LOVE!
It was made for a friend...and I like that.

I'm certain I'll make this bag again tomorrow...and maybe the next day!
There's a burning down deep that yearns to perfect it!
There's a feeling about this bag!
A good feeling.
The YOGA bag!
I'm lovin' it!
Linking up with TidyMom!
What are you loving today?
xo

15 comments:

  1. That bag is looking pretty darned perfect to me! I'm sure SHE is gonna LOVE it! xo Diana

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  2. You did a GREAT job...I wish I did yoga so you could make me one!!

    XO,
    Jane

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  3. Wow, I am so proud of you! The bag is beautiful and I am sure your friend will treasure it knowing it was made by your loving hands!!!
    Way to go!!!

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  4. That looks great!! How about making one for me too??? :)

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  5. Are you kidding me Teresa?? You did a freakin' FABULOUS job on that!!! I can't even sew on a button. That looks like a FAMOUS bag!!! So proud of you girl!!!
    xo
    Jeanne

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  6. I would be over the moon if a friend made me a bag as beautiful as that! You ARE a brilliant seamstress Teresa(and cook,and wife,and friend,and Mum to Doogan etc,etc,never doubt that OK?
    Have a happy,happy weekend!

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  7. It is gorgeous, and so is the fabric!
    I hope you go make one for yourself now ;o)

    xxoo
    Debbie and Kiki

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  8. Outstanding! I used to sew a LOT and I wouldn't take this on ~ so happy you did and you WON! I love the bag and your friend will too. She won't find any flaws...only the love you included.

    SO proud of you!!
    xo
    Pat

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  9. Yay, you!!!

    "Then I remembered I was a seamstress. ;-)" Love that!

    And the only bags with perfect seams are made in a factory in China. Yours are made from the heart...on Bainbridge. ♥

    My mom always said that every quilt was supposed to have a mistake...so she would quilt them in. ;)

    And ps...I bet YOU are the only person who would notice an uneven seam! ;)

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  10. yeah great job...love the fabric! & your tag!

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  11. OMG!!! SEW-cute!! Love the fabric! We sell fabric too- http://www.snowmanlover.stampinup.net
    YOU did an awesome job!!! Cute style too! You ought to sell them!!
    Barb

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  12. That bag looks so great!! Love your tag... cute idea, Teresa!

    BTW: I'm your newest follower... and I LOVE your funny, positive, inspiring, creative blog!!! Have a nice & funny weekend! ~ Jutta

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  13. The bag is beautiful just like the blog!

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  14. You are fabulous and that yoga bag is absolutely beautiful. I'm sure your friend will treasure it with every inhale and exhale.

    I love your bloom label, just love it. It is so perfect for your company, it is so you Teresa and your store will do just that...bloom :)

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