Today I am sharing with you another bag that I made for my grandmother as a Christmas present. She loves 30's reproduction fabrics and has made several quilts out of them. All of which I am crazy about.
I had originally made this dresden to go on the back of my rainbow tumbler quilt and decided against it. I stored it for a future project, thinking possibly a pillow.
Then one day the whole project just popped in my head. I had some peltex interfacing and my thoughts went like this... "I should make a tote... for Memaw for Christmas... and I can put the dresden on the front because that is so her taste... and I should put it on the striped fabric I have!" Yes, the same fabric as my curtains in the picture above. Projects usually do not come that easy to me. Usually there is much more thinking, planning, and pondering involved.
I used iron-on adhesive to attach the dresden to the bag fabric and then I hand appliquéd all around the edges. I did this prior to assembling the bag.
I also made scrappy handles and interior lining with the 30's fabrics. This is a good size tote measuring at 12" by 12" and 3" deep. It is very sturdy and can carry a lot! She was crazy about it and could not wait to take it to her sewing group to show it off.
He is mischievous and always up to something. As soon as I start taking pictures he loves to get in the middle of it. This is also his room that he adopted as his own. He spends many hours in here sleeping and if I have guests staying in it, he paws at the door to try to get in. He definitely has his quirks!
Back on topic...Last year I started making Christmas presents early. Below is a collage of the gifts I made for my grandmother... the middle bag I shared about two posts ago... and the one on the right, I made in September and you can read about it here. I made specifically for her.
I thought the stiff basket would be great for her sewing stuff and it has pockets on the outside all the way around. Great for holding lots of little sewing trinkets. I purchased the measuring tape fabric when I was with her and planned on using it for a project for her. The blues and the fabrics in this bag fit her personality so well. She was crazy about it and put her crocheting stuff in it right away. It was a perfect fit!