Monday, July 2, 2012

The Queen of Last-Minute Sewing Strikes Again!

The night before my daughter's friend's birthday party, I realized I had the perfect fat quarter in my stash (it had been "curing" since I picked it up at the Lions Gate Quilters' Guild show in 2010) and I needed to make this little girl a lined drawstring bag using Jeni's adorable pattern (which I had picked up on sale earlier in the week!). Sophia's friend loves pink and speaks French, so this pink Lecien print covered in tiny French phrases was perfect! Some of the text included: "Bon journee!", "croissant", "bon voyage", and "pomme de terre". Dean had taken the girls out of the house so I could have uninterrupted sewing time (hooray!), so I whipped up this cute bag. 

I used Kei honeycomb dots in aqua for the accent fabric, Kona primrose for the lining, and Kona lemon for the drawstrings. I had exactly 30 seconds to snap a quick photo of the bag (full of birthday presents) before heading off to the party (we were a few minutes late, but not too bad!). I will definitely be making this bag again!

If you'd like to make your own, you can buy the pattern in Jeni's Meylah shop or use the free tutorial on her blog, In Color Order. The pattern contains a whole schwack of sizes plus a handy-dandy formula for making a custom-sized bag. Have you made this bag yet? Which fabrics would you use?

p.s. This weekend I passed the 30,000 pageviews mark on my blog. Thanks for reading!


  1. Oh yes, the night-before-birthday sudden urge to make a gift bag or purse, I know that feeling!

  2. Super cute fabric choices! The pink print is perfect for a little French speaker!

  3. I totally hear you on the last-minute decision to stitch up a gift! I have that fabric in black - also "curing" in my stash.

    I've made a few different sizes of this pattern - they're fun and fast and really look fabulous.

  4. Love your bag! And thanks so much for the tutorial link - just went through it and looks waaay easier than the one I used for my first knitting project bag. I will definitely give this one a go. Cheers!



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