This one’s a little cheeky because I made this myself – but it’s still a tool! I’ve had my lace teacher’s equipment on loan since I started learning, at her insistence, under the theory that it’s better to be sure you actually like a craft before you sink money into it. But I think it’s clear I’m going to stick with it now, so I’ve been gradually buying my own tools and returning hers.
One of the main things I needed to get was a carrying bag for my lace pillow, which is both large and relatively heavy. So it has to be sturdy and I was hoping it could be super-pretty too. I looked around online and couldn’t find anything that looked remotely like my style, so I decided to make one myself. With absolutely idea how to do that. I winged it.
A lace pillow bag is about 21″ square-ish, and has zippers going up both sides so that the pillow (with lace-in-progress on it, usually) can be taken out and placed in carefully. It can basically be opened completely flat, then zipped up around the pillow. The zippers were quite a challenge and involved some hand-stitching, but I basted every step first and sewed very slowly, and it’s turned out to be the first thing I’ve sewn that doesn’t *look* like I made it myself, you know? Nothing’s a little wonky, the lining isn’t just a wee bit bunchy. And I’m so pleased that my lace can be carried around in such a happy bag from now on!
And even better: the lace bags I’ve seen on eBay and the like are going for about £25, but all the materials for mine came from stash, so the only direct cost was about £5 for the zippers. SCORE.