The hosts of the do. Good Stitches circles participated in a fun little swap. My package is still on its way to its new home, and I got mine in the mail this week.
I dropped some (not so) subtle hints that I'd like a bag made from Echino fabric, and Chris/Frecklemama nailed it.
I adore this bag. I immediately loaded it up and threw away my old purse, which had contracted a large and mysterious orange stain. Love the exterior pockets--they're perfect for my phone and keys. Chris used the 241 tote pattern from Noodlehead.
Clever Chris managed to work the Echino selvage into the lining. She sent along some precious fabric scraps too. Thanks so much, Chris! I love my new bag!
I've been wanting to make the Jane market tote pattern after seeing them pop up all over blogland, so I sewed one up for my partner.
Great pattern! I'll definitely make more (note to self: teacher gifts!). The pattern doesn't call for any interfacing, but I used Shape Flex after consulting with Kati, who has made tons of these.
The exterior fabric is from Superbuzzy.
It's a roomy tote. Big enough for 5 boxes of cereal. Sometimes I buy 5 boxes of cereal at one time...
I also sewed up a Cathedral Windows pincushion (tutorial here) for my partner using some Bella charms that Elizabeth shared with me. I sent it along with some bits of fabric I think she'll like. I hope it doesn't take too long to get to her house!
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