One last post for Selfish Sewing Week—
Funny how one must proclaim it a special “selfish” holiday in order to justify making something for oneself…
I like making things for others but…
1) I don’t have a lot of confidence about my talents and abilities, and
2) It’s risky to spend a lot of time and money on something that the other person might not like or appreciate.
However, if I make something for myself,
1) If it looks crummy or I just don’t like it, my feelings aren’t hurt, and
2) I don’t worry about sending my gift off to Goodwill or the Island of Unloved Toys, Etc.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I did cut out an additional top: finished, and ok, but nothing spectacular. And I had cut out some pieces for a purse, tote, whatever you want to call it.
This item I made from scratch. No pattern, just knew sort of what I wanted it to look like, and went from there.
The body is an old denim remnant I got anciently at a yard sale.
The liner is Willow Bend Bandana from the Alexander Henry Fabrics Collection c 2006 (ahem, yes, it has been in the stash that long).
The straps are from Cindy’s Button Company. I found a 1/2 yard remnant of Pellon Flexible Foam Stabilizer in the interfacing stash that was just the right dimensions to line the body, and used some plastic needlepoint canvas to line the bottom and top rim.
A small red zipper showed up in the zipper stash, and a packet of red bias binding provided the edging for an inner purse pocket and 4 loops to attach the leather straps.
Had this idea in my head for years, but it took a designated Selfish Sewing Week to bring it into the real world. Thank you Rachael at imagine gnats for your inspiration!