I really had to push myself to get this crochet bag finished in time for today's bloggy post. It's not that I wasn't enjoying the project, but I was at that icky part of having to sew the handles and flowers on and well, that's never very exciting, is it? So, last night I sat and stitched everything into place and this morning I decided that I also wanted to line the bag. After looking through my tiny stash of fabric, I found a lovely plain aqua and whipped up the lining. It really only took me a good half an hour to line and I think it adds a different dimension to the bag.
I hope my friend loves it and incase you missed the details in my previous post, the patten is THIS one, by Attic 24. The bag was crocheted using a combination of Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8 ply and some Moda Vera pure wool, also in an 8 ply. I'm really happy to be able to tick something else off my handmade Christmas gift list for this year and excited to start something else soon too.
What about you?
How is your making going?
Have you completed any projects?
Here's a quick photo of what I've made so far, ready to wrap when December rolls around:
It's great to have these things completed already, but I still need to make more. I think I'll cast on a few more crochet shower mitts this week, as I know I need a couple more to add to this stash. Plus, they're fast to make! So, in the spirit of quick projects, I thought it would be fun to share some nice quick and easy project tutorials with you and perhaps you might see something that catches your eye. These projects are always great for a teacher gift, something nice to give a neighbour, coach or nice for a friend.
Here we go!
- Fabric memory game - very sweet for a little person.
- Burt's Bees copycat lip balm - LOVE!
- Big stitch coasters - a very cool design.
- Braided necklace - really pretty and doesn't look that tricky at all.
- DIY laundry bag - love this so much.
- Crochet flower hot pad - I've made a few of these & they're so lovely & a nice quick project too.
- Button lunch bags - perfect for the working peeps.
- Free bib pattern - for baby.
- Easy crochet pencil case - pop in some pretty pencils and you're done.
Also, here's my crochet shower mitt pattern, incase you'd like to make one too.
I know that this isn't a handmade gift idea, but my friend was telling me that she's putting together a food hamper this year and every week when she does her grocery shopping, she finds something nice at the supermarket and adds to the trolley. She's been doing this for the last two weeks and will continue right up until Christmas, giving her about 15 gourmet items to wrap in the hamper and because she's adding the item in with her groceries each week, she really doesn't notice the cost - but will have a really nice hamper to hand over to the recipient in December. I know we're all on a budget during the festive season and I thought this was a fantastic way to help minimise spending a little bit. Maybe you might like this idea too.
Well, I'm looking forward to hearing all about how your handmade gift making is going and I'd better finish this off so I can dig out some cotton to do a few shower mitts.