It is long over due, but here are some of the handmade items that were under the tree last month...
First up were two projects that I started the week before my daughter was coming home from Uni. I had had all term to make this, why did I start it the week before she came home!!? I guess I like to work under pressure…nuts or what?!
Of course, having 2 daughters means that what you make for one you make for the other…so not only did I give myself a week to make gifts, but I was making 2 of them. Raiding the stash for the perfect fabric was in order as there was no time for a trip to the LQS. Luckily for me I had just the right fabrics, zips and wadding for the job ahead.
I seamed and pieced the panels together to make up the required sizes and when I was checking my intersections look what I saw! Not only did my pieces match, but there was a little magic going on with the tree. Do you see how the tree goes from the pink to blue fabric? I couldn’t have matched that if I had tried…neat when funny things like this happen on their own.
So what was a making? Duffle Bags :o)
I had seen a Simplicity pattern review on In Color Order last year and decided it was the perfect project for my girls. (That’s how long I’ve been waiting to make these!!)The jute handles were the biggest challenge as the jute in this country is narrower than the 3 3/4” required by the pattern. So I ended up buying 2” wide webbing and zigged-zagged side by side together which worked perfectly.
I opted to bind the inside seams to cover the raw edges. It worked really well and it meant I could stick to the pattern and not have to think too hard. :o) If I was to make another, I might think of a different method, but with only days to make these two bags I didn’t have time for math!
The pink one was for my youngest and the batik one below was for the eldest… Won’t she be the cool kid at Uni with that on her shoulder :o)
I also made a little dumpling bag for my mom. It was well received and was pressed into use immediately :o)
Everyone was thrilled with their gifts and they were all done in time for the big day…but will someone remind me in future to start earlier next time!! :o)
Until next time...♥