Things We’ve Made: To give or not to give

Hello friends.

We enjoy blogging here in this little space and sharing the behind the scenes of our blossoming little business. Up until now things have all been rather focused on shop happenings and product developments – Cool, we hear you say, but we wouldn’t mind you shaking it up and getting a little personal on us …. Got it.

In our endearingly random blogging fashion, today we bring you the first of our somewhat-regualar posts ‘Things We’ve Made’. It’s true – we do make other stuff. Usually for other people (Christmas was  a whirlwind of present making), but sometimes we even manage to treat ourselves to something just for us. Like this bag (no whimsical name sorry, unless you consider ‘Mummy’s bag’ a suitable moniker):

Action shot, forgive the awkward disjointed shoulder look

I (Megan) began this project intending to give it to my Mum for her December birthday. Taking inspiration loosely from this one, I imagined a simple and quick project that would produce  a jaunty little bag just right for Mum to take on a much anticipated upcoming cruise. Snip snip, stitch stitch, wrap it up, back to the pile of Christmas present making – right?. Errr, not quite.

  • I don’t  like to follow the rules.
  • If there is a long, frustrating yet sometimes successful way of doing an otherwise simple thing, I will find it.
  • Things have to be just so.
Determined to use my existing stash, I sliced up the legs of my favourite jeans that had ripped through the seat (here’s a tip folks – don’t sit on the sharp heel edges of your favourite boots a billion times a day, unless you are looking for some backside airconditioning vents to appear). I also found one of Hubby’s old shirts with some rather nice squared off pockets for the lining. Got to have pockets, my Mum.
I sliced out the pockets from the shirt, and a back pocket from the jeans, and added them to the outer and inner layers…. a tiny tucked under allowance, a bit of topstitching and presto!
Here’s the bag ready for the handles to be threaded through:
A tricky bit of not-quite-straight-but-blow-it-it’s-handmade detailing here:
and here on the handles (I lashed out on some webbing for strength – my Mum works her bags hard).
Not exactly a simple rope bag as you can see, but I was really chuffed with how it came out…. there was even a little part of me that was a bit sad to be parting with it. Never mind, I happily imagined Mum sauntering around the cruise ship with it dangling off her arm, and prepared myself for parting ways.
Unbeknown to me, my sister had had a similar idea, and had spontaneously taken Mum shopping for  a new bag two days before her actual birthday…. drat! As she giddily showed me all the pockets and compartments and dangly bits of her new treasure, I realised that a plan B was in order – so a delicious massage voucher it was. Everyone was happy, and I have a new bag. Nice.
I am sure if I had set out to make it for myself in the beginning, it would still be languishing atop an unfinished avalanche of projects while I moved on to something else that had a gift-giving deadline. Hooray for lack of family present buying communication!
M & A

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