Monday, December 24, 2012

Random Notions – The Day Before Christmas

As promised, I can unveil two of the zippered change purses I made as gifts yesterday.  First up – for my 87 year old Aunt Frances, who loves to garden, a purse of pansies-

This is a beautiful fabric and the little spots on the background are gold – the picture just does not do it justice.  For the lining, I had a tiny leftover of purple batik that matched the purple pansies perfectly-

You know, I never thought I would have enough projects to go through that huge bag of over 100 zippers I sorted a couple of weeks ago- I sure am glad I found this pattern!

The other one I made as a gift was for my cousin Frances, the elephant collector in the family.  Another Laurel Burch designed fabric – I didn’t have much of it, and this was the best I could fit the elephants on-

You see more elephants on the back-

For these wild elephants, I figured they needed a wild lining fabric-

I love that pink cheetah print!  That was a remnant I found at Joann’s, and it was very small.  I think I used a bit of it in a quilt for Layla - another UFO waiting to be finished.

Today Mom and I took the kids to see Frances and Frances while their Christmas gift was being set up in the back yard – a trampoline.  We had the kids for about four and a half hours and now, at 5 pm, we are finally home and worn out.  I don’t know how I am going to get through this evening – I have quite a bit of wrapping to do and I can’t do it until after the kids are in bed.  To keep myself awake, I will probably get to sewing my own change purses.  I want them to match the Hippie Bag and the Rooster Bag.  I am already thinking of ways to change the zippered purse – I would like to make an open pocket on the outside for receipts or ID.  Tomorrow I will share whatever I have cooked up!

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