Monday, December 29, 2014

25/2014: A Cargo Christmas

Hey, long time no see here...

I hope everyone had a nice Christmas. We had a few relaxing days at home, and we even have snow since last Friday. Wow, I can't remember when that happened!

I was able to finish one handmade Christmas present this year, despite suffering from a sprained wrist and severe whiplash thanks to a car accident. Yeah, our new car, only four weeks old, is totally damaged thanks to the idiot behind me who forgot to break. But that's a different story and let's just say it's only a car and yes, it will cost money, but other than that, I'm well and I guess I was lucky.

Back to the present: My mother-in-law retired this past summer, and since then, she has done quite a bit of travelling. So I thought it would be a good idea to give her a new travel tote. I made Noodlehead's Cargo Duffle with Denyse Schmidt fabric.

I've had this fabric for a while, it's a heavy, canvas-like quality, and it worked really well for this project. I've read online that some people thought this pattern has it's difficulties, but I thought it's well written and easy to follow.

I was a bit afraid of attaching the binding inside, but I used wonder clips to hold it in place and that worked like a charm.

I had a hard time giving it away, I have to be honest. So I guess I just have to make another one now for myself...

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

24/2014: Sleeping bags galore!

The other day, I was doing homework when a friend dropped by my place. She spotted my sleeping bag pouch (pattern by the super talented Aylin) on the table and instantly liked it. Since she is also going to school again (French class, just like me), I decided to make her one as well. And since this is a really good friend, she got the royal treatment: Hand-stitched hexagons and Denyse Schmidt fabric!

I gave it to her last Sunday, and luckily she really liked it!

Since I was on a roll, I made some more as teacher's gifts.

Hopefully one of them likes cats...