I didn't want to show you this bag yesterday before I had given it to my sister ..... didn't want to spoil her surprise! She received her presents later in the day, yesterday, so now I can share with you!
I am also linking to Amanda Jean's "Finish it Up Friday" ..... it's a great party, lots to see! Amanda is showing a particularly cute quilt finish today too!
A couple of years ago I found a tutorial for a "gift bag" by Buttonberry, via Pinterest. Click HERE to see their tutorial. At that time I wanted to make something to hold a scarf for my mother, but I decided the gift bag would be more useful with handles!
As mum uses her bag most days .... to hold her knitting .... I thought my sister might like a similar one! (Mum's bag is at the end of this post.)
For my sister's bag, I made a few more changes ..... as she too knits a lot ..... I thought it would be rather nice, if, as well as having handles, the bag could have a pocket for those tiny items knitters need, and one pocket divided into two for pens, or for her DP knitting needles, and I added a flap to help stop her wool jumping out as she knits!
No buttonhole on this baby! I just stitched the "homemade" button directly onto the
flap. The weight of the button (although it isn't particularly heavy) keeps the flap down.
I usually use polyester wadding but thought interfacing would be more suitable, making the bag nice and light, in order to enable my sister to knit with the bag on her arm.
|A nice little "Tote" ..... could have stopped here!!!|
But no, I like a boxed finish!
|The shorter the measurement here, the taller the bag.|
|"Boxing" the corners.|
My sewing machine really behaved itself this time ..... lovely neat stitches and no bobbling ..... which was just as well because I was racing to finish!
|And, after telling you all about our cherry buttons in the last post, there had to be a button!|
I was really pleased with the way this turned out ..... so much so ..... I had to force myself to give it away!!!! Now I want to make one for me!
I just found this photo of mum's bag. It looked different to how I remembered it, then I realised I have since changed the handles ..... they were too floppy ..... so I made wadded handles, and stitched them on top of the pink stripey handles!
|The original bag ..... Alas, with floppy handles!|
And here is the little tree I showed yesterday ..... finished!
The stitching was intentionally showing ..... to make it look more "prim"!
|And this is the next tree in progress!|
Thank you for visiting today. Now don't be a stranger ..... see you again soon!
I hope you have a stitchy weekend!
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy New Year!