Yesterday, I pulled these fabrics for round two of Brit Quilt Swap - Pillow Fight! I can't say too much because it's a secret swap (ie. my partner does not know I'm making for them.) I think it's ok to say I'm getting the distinct impression these are the sorts of colours my partner would like. I have the design all mapped out in my head. It's involved some bondaweb and assorted round objects for me to draw around.
Not sure why this picture has gone all soft focus and washed out.
But before all this I decided to try out a bag pattern to get me in the right vibe for The Goodie Bag Swap.
The Phoebe Bag
My niece expressed a liking for this Echino fabric so this bag might well be filled with goodies as her Christmas present. Having signed up for an intermediate level bag, I'm thinking this bag might be too simple for my partner in the swap. It was fun to make. Probably a tad easier and quicker than the two for one tote with external pocket. I think it has a fun shape and there is a pocket inside. The one thing I'd change for the next make is the instructions tell you to fuse interfacing to the lining. I read this twice because I normally fuse to the exterior fabric when making bags. However, I thought I'd try it this way and I have to say now I've tried both ways I prefer the fusing on the external fabric. The design is by Rebeka Lambert of Artsy-Crafty Babe. You can get a free download of the pattern from her blog. Of course now when I went to do the link for the blog post I see she sells some mighty fine bag patterns...I may be getting bag making obsessed!
So after this and just because I could, I decided to try out this wonderful tutorial by Ayumi. I think I need to use more batting and or some interfacing in the next one to make it a bit more rigid. The tutorial is great and easy to follow. I'm not sure why my storage tray has ended up longer and thinner as I double checked all my measurements. I am going to try making these in different sizes for different goodies.
So I think that counts as a good sewing day. Unfortunately as I was clearing up I knocked this mirror from the dinning room table and it hit the laminate floor and well according to superstition I'm facing 7 years bad luck. Oppsy.