I've taken a break from the spring gardening to make some birthday gifts and a new purse for me.
My purse is from Karen West's "Itty Bitty Bag" pattern. I love this size purse and have several.
I used a variegated thread to free motion the bamboo and then used the same thread to do a leaf and vine motif on the pockets. I used one of my machine's decorative threads to embellish the handles.
This is the knitting bag I made for my friend Cheri. It's from the Ghastly collection. The inside has pockets and places for knitting needles.
Last is the present for my friend, Alice. It's a chic BYOB bag to use when our community has Bring Your Own parties. I wanted it to be exotic and whimsical... if you look closely at the daisy pockets you will see that I embedded alligators in the flowers! I used gold metallic thread to outline the bamboo. Alice will LOL when she looks inside. I lined the bag with the leftover fabric I used when I made her whimsical foot cover after her ankle surgery. You can read about that here.
The bag is a 6" square with pellon sides and bottom. I can hold a bottle of cheer along with several wine glasses and napkins. Do you see the golden alligators in the daisies? Fun!
Extra stitching down the sides gives it shape and form.
I know the girls will get a kick out of these gifts and hopefully use them often.
Keep stitchin' for the ones you love!
Hugs from Mary