The tote bag pieces became this:
Back, both front and back pockets are divided into two.
Inside there are an additional 6 pockets. Two front & back with one on each side panel. There is also a key holder. All in all I think it turned out well. After finishings I discovered some of my interfacing was too weak & I’ll use stiffer stuff next time. My topstitching had improved by the end and the things that I’m not too happy with I feel fairly confident that I will improve upon next time I make this pattern.
Speaking of next time, I bought fabric to make another bag – while on a shopping trip with Kathy! Her sister lives not too far from me and when Kathy was here visiting we made time to get together. It was fabulous! 😀
Kathy is such a dear, she brought me gifts.
A huck weaving table runner which I had been rather shamelessly hinting I would love to have. (It’s going to live in my purple! master bedroom – don’t judge) and she also made me a beaded bookmark.
We went to two shops, Needlework Cottage & Quakertown Quilts. From Cottage I brought home St. Basil’s by Dimples Designs, two Halloween charts by The Primitive Needle & a skein of black Prensica floss to try out. At Quakertown I found the fabrics for my next tote bags & a fabric glue pen which came in very handy holding those last seams together on the tote bag while topstitching them. I of course found much more that this rather nice haul – but alas I had cash and was sticking to a budget. I will admit to feeling very proud of myself for enabling Kathy into buying a Permin chart, I already have it in my stash and one of these years who knows maybe we’ll have a stitch-along.
Today was my son’s 13th birthday, please no “teenager” comments. The hormones hit two years ago, I’ve been dealing with this for what seems more like two decades. If I didn’t love him, I’d kill him. Anyway… I baked a cake! Chocolate & chocolate by request.
It’s the love that makes it lop sided. 😉
More evidence that I have been bitten by the sewing bug hard:
This is the first part of a 5 piece set designed by Bareroots. I cut all (I think) the pattern pieces for each part yesterday and did the assembly & embroidery of the first piece today.
The while felt circle is lightly stuffed with polyfil and makes a little mound to stick pins into. Isn’t the design darling? If I have time between loads of laundry and general housekeeping tomorrow I’m hoping to finish the needle pocket.
Everything looks great, especially that cake!! Just wanted to let you know that the Little Witch pattern will be making its way to you shortly!
Oh that darn question – it gets me every time!
Your tote bag turned out beautifully – the colors are wonderful.
I am glad that you like your table runner. It is nice to be able to make something for a friend knowing that is what they like.
Your little needlebook is very pretty. Nicely done.
Thanks again for a wonderful time.
Mmmmmm…..cake!! Can I come get a piece?! lol
Great back and little needlebook…looks like you’ve been very busy!
Happy birthday to Win!
It looks like you guys had a great time! What a gorgeous gift, and wow!! I love love love that bag! Move over Vera Bradley. 😉 Happy birthday to your son! My rugrats will be 16 this weekend. I am in shock. I totally understand the ‘if I didn’t love him, I’d kill him’ comment!
It looks like the productivity will not quit. 🙂 Love the bag and other projects – very nice.
I also really like your frosting job on the cake – mine never look that good – lopsided or not. Happy Birthday to your DS!
Love the little pincushion – so sweet – and it’s part of a set? Mmmm…chocolate cake. Happy birthday to your guy. And you have just been having a hey day with all the sewing – fantastic! I’m taking an applique class on Saturday – I can’t wait!! It won’t be as involved as yours I’m sure, but it’s a start!
I want the tote bag. It’s amazing. And, of course, I am lusting after the chocolate cake because I can’t have any. You are a sewing goddess!