Happy New Year! I hope you had a great ending to twenty-twelve and are having a wonderful start to twenty-thirteen. Now that the holiday madness is behind us, I am excited to begin sharing the gifts that I made for my friends and family!
My best friend and I always exchange gifts that are both lovely and practical, so I kept with that tradition and made a handbag. I saw this fabric at Spool and knew immediately that I had to use it for her gift. I used Straight Stitch Society’s Split Personality Bag pattern with some minor modifications.
The pattern called for a button-hole. I did not have a button-hole foot for my sewing machine* (and could not find one on short notice) so I used a snap for the closure and the button for decoration. The pattern makes it reversible, which I did not. I used a simple, tan cotton as lining and let the exterior fabric sing.
I love how this turned out, now. When I completed it in November, I hated it. I put it away for a few weeks and when I pulled it back out I was surprisingly happy with it. I have come to realize that I am that way with a lot of things. I am unhappy with them because I am so invested and am continuously working and scrutinizing them. I have learned that I need to step away and put things out of sight for a while before making any final decisions.
* I am happy to report that I now have a button-hole foot and a whole host of other feet! My mom finally found the accessory box that we both knew that she had packed in a box somewhere.