Well, the pattern is traced and ready to go, the fabrics are washed, and the accoutrements are all bought. Still no movement on the actual assemblage of the bag, but I have been cross stitching my little heart out.
I started the Police Box sign on some black fabric, with what I thought was “waste canvas”. Turned out it was twisted canvas, and I could not remove it from my work without shredding the stitching. So I had to start over with black aida fabric, which required a little recalculation and recharting of the pattern. It has, however, come up a dream! I have also found some proper waste canvas, which I will use for the windows on the blue fabric. I had thought about stitching a Seal of Rassilon on the back of the bag, but then I considered just how much the bag will rub against my clothes, I have thought better of it. Instead, I have stitched a Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver for one of the side panels of the bag (using the waste canvas on the blue fabric).
I have recently obtained the printable fabric, so now I’m on the hunt for a good, clean image of the “Pull to Open” sign on the front of the TARDIS. A lot of the ones I can find are either the wrong typeface, have shading, or just aren’t clear. So the search continues!
I really should get on making my “plain” test bag, so that I’ll be ready to go with this when all the embellishments are finished.
For me, a useful bag has to be big enough to hold my basics, plus a little knitting, and my son’s medications. This means that small bags are a no-go territory for me. I also don’t always want to carry around a huge bag, either. Unfortunately for me, in the “middle zone” there seems to be very little that suits me. I do prefer a shoulder/cross body strap bag, but I prefer fabric, or leather, to the nylon style that most seem to be made of. I’ve been wanting a “TARDIS bag” for a while, but I’ve never been able to find one that has been a good blend of really useful and really “TARDIS-y”. I knew that I would probably end up having to make it. But then it became a task of finding the right pattern vs going through the task of having to draft my own. Thankfully, my Mother-In-Law and I have a bit of a cache of handbag and purse patterns. Amongst them, I found the perfect candidate. The Gadabout by StudioKat Designs ticked all the boxes. Large enough for my needs, without being huge, it’s a cross body strap, and I can customise the look of it relatively easily. I’ve traced out all my pattern pieces, and started mapping out how I want the exterior to look. The plan is to cross stitch the Police Public Call Box sign, and the windows. I’ve found some printable fabric at Logan’s Patchwork Fabrics, so I can print the door sign for the front pouch. I’m also thinking about putting a Seal of Rassilon on the back, but I’ll see how I go with charting that. My fabric is already organised. I have some lovely “galaxy” style fabric for the lining, and some light drill cotton for the exterior. I just need some webbing for the strap, and the notions to finish it off. I’ve read through the pattern instructions, and there is actually quite a bit of making in this bag. The construction is different than other bags I’ve made in the past. So I think, while I’m doing the embellishments for the TARDIS bag, I’ll also put together a plain version, so I can work through the pattern before I cut into my galaxy fabric. I’m quite excited at the idea of this TARDIS bag, even though it’s still a little ways off from being made.