Hi! Today I want to share with you something I actually finished back in 2015… yes, I’m a slow blogger. But see, this was right before the holiday craziness set in… Ok, enough with excuses, on to the pretty pictures!!!
I made this bag for Jessica, for the drawstring bag swap at the end of the year guild party. Everyone who wanted to participate had to make a lined drawstring bag following this tutorial from Jeni Baker. We were each asked to fill out a questionnaire to make it easier on our makers.
Well, I’ve known Jessica for a few years now, so the questionnaire wasn’t really needed, but helpful nonetheless. (I love that word: nonetheless. Always feels like it should be three words, but nope! All one word).
Purple is not really my strong suit. That’s putting it mildly really. I hardly ever find a purple I like. And when I do, it’s more of red purple than a blue purple. My husband is going to roll his eyes at that sentence — the man believes there’s only one purple. I had happened to pick up this purple Cotton and Steel print at QuiltCon earlier this year. Yes, it’s purple and Cotton + Steel. Hey, I told you 2015 was stressful, see what stress makes me do?
Combine the blasphemous purple print, with a cute semi-novelty print I’d picked up on a whim a few days before, and make a flange out of leftover binding from this quilt – ta-da! Instant wonderful bag!
Except it wasn’t all that instant. This was my fifth set of fabric choices. See? Purple and me aren’t really the best of friends. I have about 7 purple fabrics in my stash, and went through nearly all of them with different combinations until I remembered this print still tucked away in the QuiltCon Swag Bag (why, no, I’m not fully unpacked from the trip I took in February).
Add a few musical touches (she’s a music teacher, so that part was a no-brainer), and fill it up with goodies. The end.
Oh well, except for the part where I received one! Allison made me this adorable bag with a cat face on each side, filled with yellow and cat fabrics, and yellow thread! And I’ve already tucked some knitting into it…