Friday, June 26, 2009

What I've been up to...


Using up some more crumbs and scraps I've been making tote bags for the teachers at my daughter's school.  The stitching was done with variegated perle cotton and the handles with faux piping were inspired by this tutorial over at Bloom and Blossom.  It was a great way to introduce a bit of detail on the handles.  I'm sure the teachers will love them. (I hope)


In other news..just look at Mrs Squirrel!  We recently changed our bird feeder to this post and although I thought it might put her off she has seemed to find a way to eat and balance at the same time!  So elegant in that second picture don't you think!


Until next time...

19 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Great bag Jane -- I love the cool stitches on the edges. Maybe Mr. Squirrel needs his own bag -- he could store his food in it.

ferne said...

I'm sure the teachers will love those bags and find great uses for them too! Very nice!

Joy said...

Love the bag ... the teachers will love them for sure!!
Mr Squirrel is adorable, and clever too ;o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

loulee said...

Love that bag, I'm sure the teachers will too.

Ali Honey said...

Beautiful and servicable too. Those are my favourite handles too! Love the added handstitching!

Kim said...

Hi Jane! Just stopping by to see what you are up to and to say hello. Cute cute bag. :o)

Bloom said...

Hey Jane, nice handles! The bag looks great. Love the idea of denim with a cute fabric strip. Lucky teachers!

Marilyn R said...

Great bag! I really like the variegated perle cotton stitching. It adds such a great touch. I bet the teacher's loved their bags.

sewkalico said...

Great bag! And you've just reminded me about teacher gifts. (eek!)

Karen said...

Love your bag; what great details!

Rachel said...

Hi Jane, thanks for the comment on my blog. What a cool bag! The teachers will love them I'm sure. Ooh, and I love your postcards from the previous post, I might have to pop over to your shop!
Rachel x

Lynda said...

Of course the teachers will love them! (Much better than the ornaments that the child has chosen - I know it's the thought that counts, but believe me, a five year old's taste isn't always too sophisticated!)

Leslie said...

what a great bag...i love the colorful stitching... we have some naughty squirrels at our house and somehow if it is for food they can do anything

Leanne said...

Great bag but I love the squirrel tooooo cute.

Allison said...

I love the hand stitching detail on the bag! I'm glad you liked your fabric, I got mine sewn up into a quilt top yesterday and its so soft! Thanks for stopping by! -Allison

jovaliquilts said...

Great handles, and I really like the stitching accents.

amber johnson said...

Cute bag! Love the stitching on it!

Bowlby said...

Great bag! What a perfect teacher gift.

Bia Cardeal said...

Oh!! So cute!!!! In Brazil we don't have squirrels... but we have beautiful birds!
I love and make quilts too!

Bia Cardeal
from Brazil