Lady B turned a year older back in September. To commemorate the occasion, I wanted to make something special for her. What can one craft for a bibliophile? There are really a great deal of options! Since one of my creative pastimes is sewing bags, I decided to combine my creative passion with hers--sewing and books. What follows is what I made and a little bit of how I did it.
Browsing through a fabric shop to me is very similar to what browsing through a book shop is for bibliophiles. On one of my just-there-for-fun trips last summer, I found a book-themed novelty fabric that seemed to be perfect. I already had a pattern in mind that would be a good fit for the design. On a subsequent shopping trip, I came across a script fabric that was in keeping with the theme (writing...books...reading...they seemed to me to correlate). The lining fabric itself was originally a much lighter background. I decided to tea-dye it with Earl Gray tea to give it more of a patina and render it more practical for everyday use. For anyone interested in the nitty-gritty details, I am including a list of specs at the end of this post.
I wish I could say that on the day of Lady B's birthday, I presented her with this gift, beautifully wrapped. However, that was not the case. It wasn't to be finished in time, so I wrapped it up (beautifully, but in pieces) and gave it to her to show my good intentions. It helped to know that she was as excited about it as I was, even though I didn't actually complete it until December!
May it carry many books for you, Lady B, and accompany you on grand literary adventures!
Specs for Lady B's bookbag:
Pattern: "Charlotte City Tote" by www.swoonpatterns.com (Important note: I didn't care for the fabric design that's featured on this pattern so I chose not to direct-link to it; there are other designs, however, in this particular style that can be viewed and admired)
Fabric: Exterior Fabric: "Library" by Timeless Treasures (not so easy to find now, but "Stacked Books" by Timeless Treasures makes a great alternative); marine vinyl by JoAnn Fabrics;
Lining Fabric: a cotton fabric from JoAnn Fabrics; I don't have any other readily available information for this one.
Notions: zipper pull charms--Hobby Lobby
O-rings and rivets--Tandy Leather
Isn't it beautiful? I've loved carrying it so far, and can't wait for many more times of using it. Many thanks for stopping by today, mother mine. < 3