This year is a handmade year (despite it being a very humid, hot summer so far ...). Not EVERY gift will be handmade but a lot of them will be - bags, coasters, mini-quilts, cushions, zip-pouches. So let's start with this one - a tote bag for my younger daughter's very fabulous + awesome teacher.
I wanted to use one of our cat&vee panels for the back, so I cut a piece of batting a little larger than the panel, and made a quilt-as-you-go piece for the front. I started with the Melody Miller typewriter and went from there, slowly choosing and adding favourites.
I sewed a strip to go across the top, and then added it as a whole piece. This teacher is an absolute favourite, she has now taught both my girls and we're very blessed to have been in her class.
For the lining and pocket, I used fabrics to make her think of her grand-daughter, Lily! - are you with me on the lily-pads line-of-thought?
For the handles, I pieced fabrics that would go well with the bag's front and back. I'd run out of interface, so lined them with strips of calico, which seems to have worked just fine.
And for the back of the tote - our 'Stand Out from the Crowd' panel, which is just perfect for this gorgeous lady.
I'll be back to share a few more pressies over the next few days. Are you having a handmade Christmas, or are you off to find a few goodies at the shops instead? A mix of both is usually my favourite thing to do. xoxo cat