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Ever worked on a project that you loved so much that you couldn't wait to give it to the person you made it for?  That's how I felt last night when I finished up a gift for a co-worker friend.  She's been such a great help this year.  One act of kindness deserves another, right?

I really enjoyed working on this bag and was ecstatic when another friend helped me pick out this fabulous fabric on Friday.  (Note the alliteration here - fabulous fabric Friday!)  The body of the bag was really simple and mindless to some degree.  The handles took some thought, as it was a new pattern.  The most tedious work is always the finishing process, which for this bag was the fabric lining.  After I finished the bag, I drew out a fabric pattern to match.  I machine sewed the lining to create a bag the exact shape as the crocheted one, but a tad smaller.  Then I hand-stitched the lining to the inside of the crocheted bag.

The bag was delivered today and she loved it, which of course made me all smiles. I think I'll have to make this bag again, but shorten it some by decreasing the amount of repeated chevron stitches. 




And yes, I used yarn stash.  I only purchased two small skeins of the ecru and variegated cotton yarns.  Did you realize that it's past June 5th and I'm officially off the diet????  I didn't celebrate by running to the nearest yarn store.  I think I may have been fixed.  The self-employed intervention just might have worked.  Hummm....

11 comments:

  1. Wonderful fabulous fabric you picked for the bag Libby! The whole bag is great. And the colors you used are perfect for a bright sunny day out somewhere.

    You are a strong willed girl for not going out and getting more yarn. Proud of you!

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  2. Libby, this is fantastic!!

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  3. Wow very nice, I'm sure this took a pretty long time to make. I love giving handmade gifts. It's also rewarding when you can tell the person really loved it.

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  4. oh Libby, you did a wonderful job!

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  5. Really wonderful bag, and such joy!

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  6. Such a really beautiful bag!! I loved the colour and fabric! Love your blog and look forward to getting to know you xx

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  7. I LOVE it! And it's green and brown! And you are smart enough to figure out how to line a tote bag like this! Did I say I love it? :-D

    By the way, the name is so cool. I can picture your friend going to the market and choosing fresh vegetables to make dinner.

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  8. Lovely bag Libby, great for the market definitely!

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  9. Thank you SOOOOO much for my bag! Everyone gives me so many compliments whenever they see it. I definitely don't feel I did enough to earn such an awesome gift, but I'll learn to deal with it!

    ~Shelly~

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