First up: 2 market bags for 2 dear friends. Pattern by Anna Graham and available in her book Handmade Style. I used Essex linen/cotton blend, Denyse Schmidt prints 💛💚💙and LEATHER!
This was my first time working with leather. I purchased unfinished straps from a local Tandy Leather shop and dyed them myself. The dying was much easier than I was anticipating.It went on smooth and even. When I sprayed on the sealer some of that even tone disappeared. I was disappointed at first, but actually, it just looks a little worn in now and hopefully will just improve with use and age.
I used heavy weight polyester thread and a leather needle in my Juki TL2010 to sew the handles on v e r y s l o w l y. It worked beautifully! Now I want to switch up the handles on my own market bag!
Sew Together Bags
I finally made my first Sew Together Bag at a guild sew-in. As per usual, I don't know what took me so long. I LOVE this pattern by Sew Demented.
I've made three more since then and another is in the works. Fun to make and fun to give!
My mom has a kitchen towel that hangs on her cabinet. She bought it years ago in France. It's seen better days and she requested a new one. Basically, a 24" diameter circle of terrycloth with a binding and hanging loop (which I oversized in case she wants to hang it over a door knob). She loved it - well, she said she did. Hey, she's a mom!
This year the Detroit Area Modern Quilt Guild decided we would all make a byAnnie Easy Does It bag and have a Yankee swap with them for our holiday meeting.
When I got word that we weren't supposed to use holiday fabric I made another. This time I used AnnMaria Horner fabric and changed it up by sewing the binding on the outside of the bag. Bottom right is the sweet bag I received in the swap. It was made by our incoming president Jenny Draeger, @jfodraeger on Instagram. Thanks Jenny!
The AnnArbor Modern Quilt Guild had a notions swap. I gave an add-a-quarter ruler and gingher snips wrapped up in a Jeni Baker drawstring bag that I adjusted the size of to fit the gifts. Unfortunately, I forgot to get a photo of it.
Here's what I received! This was made by the super talented @emmmylizzzy. She was inspired by Making It on NBC. It has already found its spot on my sewing room wall!
I hope all your hand made gifts were finished in time and as well received as each of these!