With Halloween come and gone, I am starting to plan the upcoming holidays. This year, I decided to make most of our Christmas gifts by hand. As you can imagine, I have quite the task ahead of me! Luckily, a few bloggers have gotten together to feature Holidays by Hand. I am excited to sumbit some of my work and *hopefully* keep on track with the gifts! The first week, Sewing, is hosted by Simple Mom.
I first thought of making a book bag for my sister-in-law when I found out she would be starting high school this semester (she was homeschooled previously), eek! Unfortunately, though, as some well-intentioned plans go, I ran out of time before classes started! Oh well, now I have the perfect item for a Christmas present!
Elfriede’s is a local Boulder fabric shop with a selection of incredibly beautiful fabrics, and my weapon of choice when it comes to inspiration. Upon looking through their color-packed aisles, I stumbled upon this fabric:
I fell in love. The balance between the attention to quality and the whimsical nature of the pattern is exquisite. I left with a yard of this, along with some pretty, modern buttons and a simple, natural-colored weave to complete the package.
When I got home, I constructed the pattern from some printer paper and got started on assembling. I decided to mirror the images of the bird on the fabric by creating a cutout on the flap and outlining it in royal blue embroidery thread. Thick fusible webbing helped add some stiffness to the fabric, as well as made it easier to handle. I enjoyed creating this project as I went along instead of planning everything ahead. Sometimes this can cause problems, and sometimes it produces something even better than what I imagined when I began. I think in this case it was definately the latter! I am so pleased with how this bag turned out!