I've had quite a productive weekend so far. I've bought the last bits of fabric I need to complete a few more of the projects I have on the go (I currently have a list as long as my arm!) and am merrily picking my way through them.
I've started cutting out a commission using the very sweet ballerina fabric above (more on that later), started a dress alteration and made two shopper/totes as gifts for family.
The first is a gift for my other half's sister. I'm in the process of altering a dress for her and have so far cut several inches off of the hem. I wanted to put the excess fabric to good use so decided to use it as contrast for a tote bag.
The fabric is a great japanese print cotton/elastane mix. I bought some lilac stretch cotton with a similar weight to pick out one of the colours and some black twill tape for straps. There is a little external pocket (always handy for keys etc) edged with more of the print.
There's a bit more fabric leftover so I'm thinking perhaps a zippy coin purse or something to go with it.
The second bag is for my other half's mum and is made from a really lovely 'patisserie' lightweight canvas.
I've kept it really simple as it's intended to be a handy spare to keep in your handbag or car boot. It rolls up into quite a neat little bundle and is secured with a kam snap.
Once you've made one or two these bags they really come together quite quickly. If you fancy trying your hand at making one, take a look at my previous tote bag tutorial -which reminds me it's been so long I must post another.
I'll add it to the list!