I may not be knitting much this summer, but I have definitely been sewing. While foraging for new fabrics to add to my crazy hexagonal quilt my mom and I became enamoured with the Amy Butler fabrics and purse patterns so we decided that I would make her a purse. After pulling out almost every possible colour combination possible, we ended up with some nice blues.
The pattern was really well written with simple explanations of every step including how to set up the biases fabric for the optional scarf (which was appreciated). The whole purse was rather fun to put together and I loved how much of a magic trick it seemed to finish it off. Pull the whole thing through a small opening at the bottom of the lining and BOOM! instant reversible purse!
Pattern: Amy Butler Swing bag
Fabric: Amy Butler Lotus in Sky/Tree Peony and Amy Butler Belle in Pine/Coriander
Date: an afternoon in July 2009
This was my first time working with canvas. The whole bag is lined with it. It really gives the bag a great sense of sturdiness without adding too much bulk or weight. I personally wouldn't have made the optional scarf as I'm not much of a bow person, but my mom insisted that it made the bag. But as the scarf is on the bias, it made for an interesting addition.
We did end up with extra fabric, especially of the bow fabric, but luckily I have a quilt in need of extras to help.