This year I was to give a gift to Becky, one of the girls in our Graphics Team. Becky's young with great taste and a unique and well defined sense of style. She's also a fellow crafty chick, so I knew she would appreciate something a bit special and I knew just what to make her.
I absolutely love this range of fabrics by Joel Dewberry, particularly the trees on a yellow background. (I've already earmarked some more of this fabric for a set of cushions for my living room!).I drafted the pattern for the bag based on the dimensions of a shoulder bag I was given in a swap a few years ago. My plans for this began very simply, but I gradually added more detail to the design. The bag is interlined with a layer of bamboo quilt batting and then the bottom section is quilted in a contrasting coloured cotton. The top of the bag is also topstitched in a second colour of contrasting cotton.
Inside the bag is a large pocket and I also added a keychain. I'm delighted with this bag and I'm planning a similar version for myself with a few additional details. I'm happy to say that Becky was delighted with her Secret Santa gift as well (although she guessed it was made by me straight away, so Santa wasn't so Secret after all)!