While the outside is grey and cold, inside of our sewing room warms our hearts with cheerful colors. However bleak the day might seem it is too easy to find comfort in creating pretty things.. especially it is such a happy feeling to make something for a sweet friend.
It is never too early to prepare for spring, so I picked this beautiful Lecien print full of purple blooms to make a spring bag for her. I opted for these simple green handles as their fresh color reminded me of first leaves of the season.
This bunny with its floppy ears looked so cute that I had to use it for the pocket. Instead of a square pocket like the pattern suggested, I thought a chubby pocket with rounded corners suited this bag well. I sewed the handles onto the bag by hand, but the stitches didn't look very neat on the inside. So I added these blue linen patches with tiny dots using a simple running stitch.
For attaching the bag handles I used a sewing thread that is specially made for this purpose. This thread is 100% polyester and is very strong but still thin enough to go through the holes in the handles. It comes in lot of colors so we can choose a matching color. I got them here if you are interested.
The pattern didn't suggest any kind of closure. So I attached this 'sew-on' magnetic snap with an improvised buttonhole stitch. I wanted the inside of the bag to be as fun and practical as possible. So I also added a tag with a linen tape to the side to hang keys etc. But it doesn't show in the picture.
I hope my friend gets good use out of it during her outings in spring and summer and every day is a nice day for her ( ' u ' )
~ Pattern is "Soleil pin-tuck shoulder bag" designed by Miho Takeuchi.
I got this pattern when we visited New England Quilt museum long time ago from the museum shop. It was a pleasant surprise to see that they carry a small selection of patterns and sewing supplies from Japan. I enjoyed browsing through their shop and also loved their selection of Japanese fabrics. If you are in Lowell anytime, it is worth a visit.
Thank you for stopping by! Have a beautiful day! * v *