Thursday, January 21, 2010

The last handmade Christmas gift...

Shortly after Ms A shared the news that she and her guy had the opportunity to move to the Big Apple, I saw this home decor fabric at the quilt shop.


It reminded me so much of what I imagine their decor sensibilities to be, that I purchased a yard without really knowing what I would use it for (as is my custom...) They enjoy mid-century modern furniture and style and I thought this might go with their vintage chrome legged furniture.

Since they might be doing their food shopping close to home, I thought they would need a stylish grocery bag to carry home the supper. (I always see people in the movies walking home with grocery bags. I am not sure it that is really the way it is, or just 'Hollywood-New York'...)

I found a couple of patterns and ideas on line, but essentially used a mix of all the various bags that I have to determine how tall it should be. I did french seams, but then lined it to give it a bit more substance.

The sides and the center are held with gripper snaps. I had never used them before, so that was a new technique! Sister G was visiting while I was working on it and suggested snaps. I went to the studio and found the grippers in the 'fastener drawer', which luckily had the instructions on the card (which was marked 10 cents!).

The Mister was a little startled when I borrowed a hammer to finish the bag...

It wasn't ready to go in the package with the xmas gifts, so I thought I would save it for her visit and make it a housewarming present. Now that she has seen it, I can show it to you!

6 comments:

Gaynell said...

She can take it on the airplane going home! It really is loely!

Gaynell said...

That is supposed to be "lovely."

Martha said...

That fabric is perfect -- and I like the material you used for the straps. My daughter likes mid-century as well, and she would love this.

Kate said...

Oh, holy hell! Can I come??? I love the big apple! I'll take one of those stylin' bags, too!

Lynne said...

Where is Ms. A moving from to the Big A?
So lucky to live to close to it!

Allie said...

I LOVE IT! Very midcentury modern. This is so cool.