My friend Regan has been doing lots of sewing and quilting and I have been drooling over all the projects she has done. I used to sew quite a bit when my kids were small, but I haven't done much in a very long time. She invited me to take a class with her at a store she discovered in Guelph. Deanna joined us as well. When I saw the project, I just knew it would be the perfect gift for Joanne's birthday.
I was scheduled to work that Saturday but I had Amanda cover for me at the store so I could go. All I had to do was keep the secret from Joanne (not an easy thing for me to do).
I presented the gift to her on Wednesday. Her birthday is not until next week, but I will be away on holidays and Wednesday was the only day we would see each other before I leave. I was so excited for her to open it! I was also super nervous......I had to choose the fabric which was very stressful. She is really easy to please but I wanted her to love it!
Here it is........oh ya, another thing I stressed over, was how long to make the straps. These are big decisions to make for someone else!
Here is a close up of the front of the purse.
Here is the inside......it is actually reversible. I learned how to line it and create pockets.
Here is a close up of my 'very straight' stitching........impressive eh?
And this is the loop I learned how to make, along with the special button I picked out. I knew that Joanne would like it for sure! I fastened it to the purse with floss, just like we do on our scrapbook pages.
Considering Joanne has already done a post on her blog about the purse, I think she liked it. I plan on making a few more of these in the near future. It was and amazing day spent with Regan and Deanna. I was wishing that Joanne could have joined us, but then it wouldn't have been a surprise, now would it.
Happy Birthday to my dear friend. Hopefully there will be many more birthday's celebrated, many more laughs shared, and lots more memories made!