A few weeks ago I bought this last scrap of Echino fabric from Purl Soho.I had intended to line the moses basket with it but then I saw it and fell in love with it.I also remembered exactly how many minutes my other babies actually fit in their moses baskets so scrapped that idea in lew of a lampshade.Ha.
I love bags.A gorgeous bag makes the world a better place dont you think?
So when, last Sunday, I spent the day with a group of women sewing and eating, I noticed Mel was making the Everything Tote from Heathers Weekend Sewing book.And I thought hmmm.... lampshade shmampshade.That is one gorgeous bag.
There was a hiccup.The pattern calls for 1/2 yard of exterior fabric and 1/2 yard of lining.Its not so.Especially if you do as the pattern says and cut your binding strips on the bias.Which I did not do.Actually I didnt really follow the pattern.
I was reluctant to give up entirely on my lampshade so 1/2 a yard was all I was willing to give.
Therefore I slimmed it down a couple of inches so that I could get it onto the fabric using 1/2 a yard with the birds facing the right way.It meant I had to put in a seam across the bottom but that was hardly a problem.About 4 inches ( two off each side).Not hard at all to do and this meant that I could use the Kokka spot for the lining of which I only had a 1/2 yard of. Win win.
I gathered the front more than it seems to be in the photo and I made the strips wider.Because I cheated on saving fabric and didnt cut them on the bias I simply clipped into them to help the curve.A good steam with the iron helped this too.
I am very very happy with this.It is SO pretty.And still enormous!
I also whipped up an apple green linen ring sling this morning ( and practised with a cushion which was probably completely unrealistic of me!) so all in all this was indeed a sewing day.
Dont you love it when you pull those off?
**Thank you for all the bump love!!! You bring the biggest smile to my face reading those comments.xxxxx
Lots of people have been having a look at the baby blanket pattern so please let me know if you have a go.I desperately want to hear of any hiccups and would love to see successful photos of finished Baby Twisters! I've put it over on the side under Tutorials so easy to find later.