I found this awesome gardening print while on my crazy NYC visit. As soon as I saw it, I envisioned a floppy, expandable, will-carry-it-all shopping bag. The print made it perfect for summer mornings at the local farmers' markets, especially when paired with several Mesh Produce Bags. When I brought the bolt to the cutting counter and asked for a yard, the clerk unrolled the bolt to discover it had about two yards on it. He then informed me, rather emphatically, that he wouldn't cut it and I would just take it all. Okay then, who was I to argue?
I managed to make five shopping bags from my cut and decided to use bias tape to cover the inside seams. In order to keep it more slouchy, I didn't want to line it as I would a typical bag. I further discovered that I really like making bias tape - maybe a little too much. I use the continuous method each time I make tape and there's a great chart here that correlates starting fabric size to length of finished tape, depending on tape width.
I kept the awesome lemon/ lime stripe for myself!
Usually, my gift creating is so far behind schedule that I just hobble together a brown paper bag presentation. Lately, I have really tried to make myself slow down and actually put together a full package for the recipient. I know that the presentation also shows how much that person means to you - it should be special.
For Eileen (aka I.T. Mom) - the friend that loves my inner dumb blond and my children as her own.
I added a set of crochet dishcloths and a set of dryer balls.
I used Proverbs 27:9 for the wrapping because she is sweeter for always
being honest with me - sometimes painfully :)
For my Mama - who loves unconditionally, gives unceasingly, and
is probably to blame for my inner dumb blond :)
I added a set of Produce Bags. That purple eggplant print is awesome!
I used Proverbs 17:6 because she dotes on her grandchildren, even when
they don't deserve it.
Who's on your gift list this month? I am hoping to start a gift this weekend for another good friend. And yes, her birthday has already passed. Do you have a problem with that????
Today's post title from Big Daddy Weave's The Only Name