How can it be that 21 years have passed since I was eagerly awaiting news of my baby cousin’s arrival? She’s still my baby cousin, even though she’s about to turn 21, is taller than me and has moved out of home. She’s funny, kind-hearted, curious and clever. She’s a redhead like me even though she has often tried to hide it. She’s gorgeous, especially when she laughs. She’s loved by many. She’s destined for big things. I’m excited to see what her twenties bring. Happy 21st birthday Lulu.
Today I learnt two things;
1. My pretty basic and mostly self-taught sewing skills are improving and
2. It’s hard to photograph a baby’s bonnet without having a baby handy
Pattern by Little Betty Designs
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It’s been far too hot this week to bake — a week of 30-plus degrees Celsius. The most I managed was a tray or two of kitchen sink cookies with dough from the freezer.
I have been sewing this weekend, even though my sewing machine is in the hottest room in the house. I made this cotton lunch bag for my friend Michelle’s birthday and two zip-up pouches for no one in particular. I do sometimes stress over what to make for people. Some are easier to make for than others. I’m sure other crafters go through it: What should I make? Will she/he like it? Think it’s naff? Use it? Appreciate it? Think “Not another homemade Katie gift!”? I do take pride in my craft and won’t give away something I’m not happy with. My sewing is improving, I’m happy to say. I’m working on an (unpictured) quilt at the moment, which is testing my skills. But I love the fabric so much I’m determined to do an OK job. I’m planning on giving it as a gift; so again, will she like it? Appreciate it? Use it?
I do try hard to match the present to the person. I bought the spotted fabric specifically for this project. The yellow is from my stash. The original pattern called for vinyl-coated cotton but my version is all cotton.
It wasn’t until I finished the bag that I realised it is reversible.
The one on the left was made with a gathered clutch tutorial found on Noodlehead. On the right is my variation.
A peek inside.
Pattern for lunch bag by Ellen Luckett Baker.
These four little guys have made the trip to Melbourne to join their friends in the annual Softies For Mirabel appeal. They will find homes with kids whose lives have been touched by or abandoned due to parental drug use. If you have any spare change this Christmas you can donate here.
Here are the softies I made for the 2009 appeal.
Edited to add 2011
Scalloped bunting pattern here.
Scrappy makeup bag pattern here.
First time doing a zipper! (properly anyway) Took a few goes. The scraps weren’t supposed to look so straight – opps, it looks like I sewed the second fabric from the top crooked but really the blue fabric turned out too straight.