A Mother's Day Gift

Thursday, May 10, 2012


I always try really hard to get my mother her Mother's Day gift on time.  Mostly, I fail.  I end up sending an email gift card, or something like that.  This year, I was determined to succeed.  I live in California, and my mother lives in Massachusetts, so I knew I had to get something in the mail by Thursday.

I chose the new "Split Personality Reversible Bag" pattern.  Since this was produced by Liesl Gibson from Oliver + S, I knew 100% that it would come together with no problem.  And, I was right!

The bag came together really in four days.  One day shopping for fabric.  The next day cutting out the pattern and figuring out which fabric was A, B, C, etc.  That doesn't sound like it should be tough, but it's really important when putting the bag together to be really organized and don't forget which fabric should go where.  Next night, cut out the fabric and sewed about half.  Wednesday night, completed bag!

My fabrics are heavy linen for the navy blue, and prints from Amy Butler's Lark line.  The stripe is a random cotton from JoAnn's that happened to coordinate perfectly.  My mother had asked for a navy blue bag - hopefully, she didn't mean a plain blue!

I stuck sticky notes on the leftover fabric after cutting to stay organized.  I followed the directions step by step.  Other than one thing that I think may be an errata in the pattern where I ended up sewing the button loop on backwards, there were no issues.  I managed to sew this in the evenings, after work, which is not usually my time to sew.  I made it in between making dinners, pick-ups from pre-school, basketball practice, etc.  I'm happy with the results!

Forgive the less-than-stellar photos, as I had to take pictures at night.  It's much easier to take photos of cute clothing on a toddler than it is to take photos of a bag.  Really.

And, oh yeah - just barely noticeable in the background, an empty bottle of Molson Canadian!  My favorite adult beverage to sew by!

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