It does not happen to me often that I can make something people actually admire. My craft experiences in school were always of the order of "Highly Commended" (in other words, quite nice, but not good enough for a real prize). My mother sent me on a sewing course as a teenager. Unfortunately the project was to make a SUIT out of KNIT fabric. I mean how ridiculous. It was horrible. Once I had finished, I threw it away.
So you can see why I got so excited when I first tried out this bag pattern from Vanessa Christenson, and everyone started commenting on my bag:
Friend: "I love your bag. Where did you buy it?"
Me: (smugly) "I made it."
Friend: (incredulous) "What!"
Me: (faltering slightly, at the fact that my friend couldn't believe I actually made it) "Yes, it turned out well didn't it?"
Friend: (proudly) "If you sold those, I would buy one."
Me: (incredulous) "Really?"
So you see, I have now been encouraged by my stroked ego to make more of the bags that caused a temporary buzz of fame amongst my social circle. In fact, I have made four in one sitting. I might even open an Esty shop...(one step at a time).
In the meantime I am making them as gifts. This is the one I made for my children's teacher as a goodbye gift.
The pattern was not free, but it has more than made up its value already. You can also buy the flower pattern separately if you have a thing for fabric flowers.
What I love about this bag is that the lining peeps through, and co-ordinates with the flower. It's not too fussy, but just that touch of glamorous.
I shared this on these great linky parties.