Sunday, March 25, 2012

The Egyptian Bag

If you read the previous post, you’ll know that I made two bags for our school auction.  The second bag was for the Egypt theme.  Here’s the auction description:

Take your own Egyptian filled tote, filled with Mummy and Ancient Egypt books and a Lego game along with you to the King Tut traveling exhibit at the Pacific Science Center with a $100 gift certificate (can be used for anything at the Pacific Science Center).

The bag:

This one stumped me, but once I started going through my embroidery design stash I found that Egyptian and just knew I would make a version of this bag without the front pockets.  I left the large back pocket because I’ve been finding that one so useful in my BG bag.

There was one oops…I ended up making the strap a bit too long.  I contemplated cutting it and making it shorter but then the more I stared at the problem I realized it wasn’t an “oops” after all.  The fabric allows for the easy knotting of the strap so that it can fit any body (when worn cross body or over the shoulder).  I like that idea and so I’ll be playing with knotted handles a bit more in future projects.

I hope whoever won this auction enjoys their tote!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Dragon Bag

I’ve decided that this year will be the year I open my etsy store.  And that this will also be the year that I try very hard to make handmade gifts (to share my love of creating with friends and to inspire products for the store).  That being said, when information came home about the school auction I thought long and hard about what I could contribute.

With two different classrooms and two different themes my first thought was to make tote bags…then I had a bunch of other random thoughts about what I could make but in the end went with the first idea: bags.

The theme:  Year of the Dragon.  While the bag isn’t really “year of” it is one of my favorite dragon related embroideries:

The bag is a variation of this bag, just made with one large straight pocket on one side and a smaller pocket on the other.  The top can be folded over or folded inside if a smaller bag is desired.  It can be worn cross body or over the shoulder.

Here’s the auction description:

Denim dragon bag filled with a dragon T-shirt, 2 Chinese art prints, $50 gift card to Din Tai Fung in Bellevue, a red dragon puppet, red Chinese New Year envelopes filled with $12 in cash, chopsticks (x4) and holders (x2), How to Train Your Dragon DVD, My Father's Dragon book, The Great Race: Chinese Zodiac story, Puff the Magic Dragon book and CD, Dragons and Monsters pop-up, Magic Treehouse dragon book, Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke, and Fire Within by Chris D'Lacey. Happy New Year!

I hope the winner of this auction loves everything they've won, especially their new bag!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Going Buggy

With spring right around the corner, this little buggy dress is sure to be a hit!

I made this 6 years ago for my oldest and just pulled it out for the next girl in line.  I still love the fabric and the design is timeless.  I'm so glad I kept this one!