I came across the Poochie Bag pattern from the Happy Zombie and decided to whip one up for a gift bag of sorts for my friend's ten-year-old daughter. It turned out to be less gift bag-ish and more purse-ish (due to length of straps, I suppose), but here it is:
It was really simple and quick (less than an hour) to make. I used a bunch of purple fabric from my stash. I almost put the lining to the outside, but thought that would be too much...it's even too much for the lining.
Also, the pattern did not suggest it, but I top stitched around the bag opening. I find that always works best for things like this.
And the second part of her present is Little Women! I loved that book when I was her age. I loved it so much, that when I was asked in the Great Books club which author I wanted to write to, I said, "Louisa May Alcott!" Well, little did I know that she was dead. So I wrote to Jim Davis, instead, and got an autographed bit of Garfield stationery.
I came across this edition at Patina, a local store, and absolutely loved it. I thought my friend's kid would like it, because I sent her an embroidery kit a few years back and she had enjoyed doing that.
The dirty underside of embroidery! So much fun. My copy of Little Women is pretty stinkerish with a busted cover, so I may go get a copy for me and my little girl. I think it's a Penguin Threads edition and they make a bunch of different books...I want them all (maybe not Black Beauty or Wind in the Willows)! If I had a sewing store, I would definitely have these in stock.