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!