Monday, November 9, 2009

Heather's tote bag

My dear friend Heather had surgery in August. We've been friends since we were seven years old, and trust me when I say that's been a long time and that we've been through a lot together. We've had fights that completely embarrass me now.

And she's been there for me when I couldn't have even thought to ask. Seriously. The morning after the worst night of my life, I woke up to her sitting beside me on the bed. She found out about my personal tragedy on her way to work, and came to my house to make sure I was ok. That's loyalty.

So when I found out she was having surgery and I knew I couldn't be there since we live 400 miles apart right now, I wanted to do something special for her instead. I decided that she might actually get the chance to read a few books and enjoy a few treats while she was resting, and that a nice tote bag to hold it all in was a worthy gift. Unfortunately, I am not as good as she is and didn't get it to her in time.
Hopefully, the yumminess of the bag makes up for my slackness. I wanted something that said "Heather" to me, and this blue and the dots and the flowers did it for me.

Actually, I think I want one for myself.

The pattern is the tote bag from Bend the Rules Sewing by Amy Karol. The pattern calls for a panel of a striking pattern with a matching inside pocket, but when I got finished my husband thought it looked better inside out. I think I agree. The pocket does kind of pop.

9 comments:

Kelli said...

I wish I could sew and had the time to do it. I can sew by hand (my great-grandmother taught me), but I've never used a machine and don't have one. Deladis wants me to make her a yellow bag. I have the material and thread... just I know it will take forever by hand. Oh...

Karen said...

This is lovely. Getting back to sewing is another goal I have. That's where all my creativity started--in 4-H years and years ago. Now I stitch on cards and layouts! I love your blog. I'm also in Ali's class and have done nothing except get my childhood photos in an album. I can't figure out why I'm stalling on this, but participating daily in Shimelle's class.

dottydotty said...

what a lovley thoughtful geature i bet she loved it:)

sharyncarlson said...

What a lovely gift! I love what you did with the pocket!

Amy said...

Deanna, the tote is lovely. I've tried making one as well - let's just say ... not quite fit for public display!

Catherine said...

Hi Deanna, luv the tote...too sweet! Doing a little blog hoping to visit class mates. Thanks for visiting me and yes I do like Subline Stitcher, in fact I used some of their patterns on my sampler :)
Take care,
Catherine
http://myview-catherine.blogspot.com/

RachelB said...

Loving the tote, such a lovely gift. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

kikimama said...

Lovely bag, hope your friend feels better.

Sian said...

What a lovely gift. I've been thinking about buying that book: so you'd recommend it then? Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm glad I stopped by!