Thing 68

Martina joined a badminton club a few weeks ago and apparently it is A TOTALLY AWESOME SPORT. THE BEST THING EVER.  (Have I mentioned I have a teenager?)

For the first couple of lessons she carried her shoes and water bottle in a plastic shopping bag. Then she got her own racket and things got serious. The time for shopping bags had passed.

I decided to draft my own pattern for a badminton bag. I drew out dimensions and got to work. I figured if I can sew a coat a simple sports bag would be a walk in the park.

I was wrong. I broke a needle, stabbed myself with a pin and bled on the bag. It took three tries to attach the inside pocket to the zipper before I got it right. Except it was upside down. And then I sewed the top of the bag shut. Sigh.

And yet.

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I kind of like it. The exterior fabric is from an old sheet that I picked up for a euro at a thrift sale a couple of years ago. The interior is also lined with an old sheet, but in plain white. I interfaced all the pieces to give some structure to the bag.

The racket nestles in the interior pocket, and the shoes and water bottle tuck neatly into the front.


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A small zippered pocket on the front fits a phone and some change.


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The drawstring closure is a bit tough to close but should loosen up with time.


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Since it’s not going to be used for anything heavy I made simple back straps of more of the rope.


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A little loop means we can hang it out of the way during the week.


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 Go Badminton Girl, go!

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Cost of this Thing: 0
Cost of all Things to date: €88.61

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  2 comments for “Thing 68

  1. Hanneke
    March 25, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Love the fabric and the picture of Martina!

  2. Britta
    March 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Hey Melz, hope I show up as being a reader in Luxembourg! BTW, love the bag…Go Martina go! 🙂

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