Monday, November 21, 2011
Goodie Bag Swap Kismet
I was so excited to sign up for this round of the Goodie Bag Swap on flickr - this group has such an amazing collection of bags - I couldn't wait to participate. I've made many bags for myself but it's always a bit nerve-wracking to make something for a stranger, will the fabric and pattern you choose suit them, will they like it, will it be good enough...but I felt much better after looking at my partner's inspiration mosaic.
I had ordered this Amy Butler fabric over the summer with plans of whipping up a summer tote but then the fabric just didn't really feel like me. But it was still lovely fabric so I put it aside until inspiration struck and that hit just as I was viewing my partner's bag choices - this was one of her inspiration choices! Bingo!
This is a bag pattern from Sweet Pea Totes - I wasn't familiar with these patterns but loved most of them, promptly bought three of them and have already made two. This is the Hobo Bag with an adjustable strap - love it and will probably make another one for myself at some point. Making the adjustable strap was a my new skill and it turned out great, which I credit largely to the well-written (and well photographed) pattern. I was really proud of how well this bag turned out and am absolutely happy to be sending it off. I didn't get a shot of the inside but I went with a mango orange that went really well with the flowers and the warmth of the outer fabric. My partner said she liked bright, vibrant colors so I hope she meant it and that she likes her new bag! I did include some "goodies" inside the bag but I figure I'll leave something to be a surprise (I'm putting this same picture on flickr).
I'm not sure how much sewing I'll be getting the done with all the cooking that will be going on around here the rest of the week but you know I still have a want-to-sew list going in my head (another pair of pajama pants, maybe a holiday pillowcase top for the doodlebug, some new purse organizers/pouches and oh and holiday sewing!).
Oh and next Saturday (11/26) is an open sewing day for the AMSG at Whipstitch, from 10am till noon - bring your project and enjoy some fun sewing company! Hope to see you there!