I didn’t really mean to sew anything this morning. Still, I ended up at the sewing machine and about 20 minutes later I had this nifty little fold over clutch. I found the not-sequins fabric at Joann’s and fell in love, even though I have absolutely no occasions that require a shimmery purse. You may see me carrying this to the gym.
I couldn’t decide if I liked the wristlet better with a gray camera and a floral background
Now I feel a need to go be a tourist!
My daughter graduates from high school in a few days, and I wanted to give a few of her closest friends a little gift to celebrate. They’ve stood by her through everything, and as her Mom I really appreciate that.
Since they’re graduating and moving off in many different directions, I wanted to give them a gift that would remind them of their friends. Each of them have a similar wristlet, but with fabrics chosen with each girls’ personality in mind. The same, but different.
I was able to sneak in a giraffe print, a favorite of one of the girls. It’s inside, like her own little secret.
What girl doesn’t like a monogrammed purse?
While I was at it, I made extra monograms for their gift bags.
(The tissue paper is their school colors.)
It’s so hard to believe they’re all grown up! I hope they’ll stay in touch with each other. I hope they’ll make their dreams come true, even when they change their minds over and over about what those dreams might be. I hope they’ll stay just as awesome as they are today.
Watch out world, here they come!
Mom has always warned me about the possible heartbreak involved in giving a homemade gift to someone who isn’t crafty. After you spend hours and hours making something special just for that person, there’s the risk they’ll smile and say, “That’s pretty,” and simply not understand. It’s not just the “thing” you gave them, you were thinking of your lucky recipient, planning something just for them and devoting a large chunk of precious time to their gift.
I never quite understood until I made this bag.
A person who doesn’t make things might look at it and say, “That’s pretty.” But a person who crafts or sews would look at it and, among other things, notice those 60 circles. They’d know that meant I traced 60 circles on the back of some HeatBond, roughly cut out those sixty circles, then cut out 60 pieces of fabric, ironed those 60 pieces of HeatBond to those 60 pieces of fabric, neatly cut out those 60 traced circles on the back, ironed 60 circles onto the patchwork bag and then appliqued around them. You got it, 60 times.
Not to mention the 70 squares.
So you see what I mean.
Thankfully, this purse is going to a lovely person with a high craftiness level.
She’ll completely understand.
And: One for my Mom in pale linen and vintage sheets!
A phone pic of my own checkerboard tote bag in progress:
I love the little “windows” of fabric in the circles. (You can see the finished bag here.) I think I’d like to make an i-Spy baby quilt with this method. I’ll be sharing it with you if I do!
Sorry I haven’t been posting much. I’ve been making things like crazy, but they’re mostly Christmas gifts which keeps me from publishing them here. I’ve been spending way too much time making things, really. WAY. I’m wearing myself out. So I decided to give myself the weekend off, and what did I do? Made stuff that wasn’t for Christmas. I guess I just can’t help it, I’m going to make stuff even when I’m taking a break from making stuff.
I made a few patchwork wristlet purse from a great tutorial I found on Pink Penguin. This was my first time sewing with zippers, but Ayumi’s tutorials are so clear and nicely illustrated that I didn’t have a bit of trouble. Thank you, Ayumi! The wristlets have three interior pockets to hold debit cards/ID, business cards and a Chapstick, plus are large enough to hold a phone, makeup and so on. You can add a little tab to hook your keys right on, too. (I’m thinking I’ll use mine a lot going to the gym!)
The wristlet at the top of the post is mine, thrown together from a mix of fabrics that made me think, “I’m going to miss that one when it’s gone.“ Funny that I ended up with some pairings of near opposites like a ninja and pirate, rose and a dandelion and a fish and a bicycle. I’m not going to dwell on what that might say about me. The other two wristlets are going out in the mail tomorrow to friends. I thought about holding them until Christmas, but the very idea made me tired. Sometimes gifts are best if they’re “just because.”
The pink purse is made from mostly vintage linens, so incredibly soft it’s hard to imagine they’re as sturdy as they are. (If you’d like to buy some vintage fabrics of your own, these are from Whimsie Dots and Deloria Jean, both on Etsy. They both have great selections.)
I won’t be selling these in my shop, but Ayumi does allow her patterns to be used for fundraisers. So if you’d like a patchwork wristlet, hang in there! There’s talk of a special fundraiser for a favorite charity of mine, and I’d love to make a stack of these to help out. Look for more information sometime after Christmas if you’re interested!
And now back to my regular schedule of crafting before work, after work and for a big chunk of the weekend … *Yawn!*