You know how you get that itch to stitch? You know what I mean. You started dreaming about fabrics and happy hours at the machine. Your fingers start to tingle, and your mind is filled with creative ideas and projects.
It's a blessing to be able to sew, for sure, but often when I get the urge, I'm not always sure exactly what it is that I want to make. And when I want to sew, but don't know what to sew, I find that often as not I turn to a bag or pillow project.
I think that the reason that these are my favorite types of projects is because I am often inspired by fabrics, and both bags and pillows are easy ways to display a special fabric, as well as being supremely functional projects. I can sit down at the machine and whip something up in a couple of hours, ready to use and display.
I truthfully went through a period where I could not stop making pillows. I was getting complaints from family members that there was no room on the sofas and chairs, because of all the pillows. (Really, I think that a throw pillow looks so much prettier on a settee than a person. I am all about the color coordination!)
My attachment to making bags is not so readily detected. Fabric bags can fold and store easily, and I can attest that one medium-size plastic bin can hold dozens of totes and nobody is the wiser. It's just a matter of being able to use them all.
For plenty of bag projects, check out the Best of Stitch: Bags to Sew eBook from the Sew Daily Shop Fall Sale. And for other inspiring projects (including pillows!), take a peek at Mollie Makes Feathered Friends, Patchwork, Please, and Perfect Party Dresses, also part of the Fall Sale.