It was my big sister's birthday a couple of weeks ago. What do you give an art teacher? I just happened to have one of her childhood pillowcases stashed in a cupboard, so I used the fabric to make a bag and a pencil case.
I used the pattern from morsbag.com (like I did with all the bags I made back in 2008) for the bag. I've always liked the pretty, visible stitching where the handles attach:
I probably should've ironed the pillowcase before cutting and sewing. Oh well. It had to be folded up to go in the post anyway...
And here's a close-up of the fabric to show Paddington worrying about his weight! I blame the jam sandwiches.
(For those of you unfamiliar with Paddington Bear -- he has a well-documented love of jam sandwiches.)
After making the bag, there wasn't enough material for a second one, so I decided to design a little pencil case instead.
Ideal fabric for a birthday present, I think.
I did the jordy method to get a nice square-ish bottom to it, and just kind of winged the zip. Zips are a mystery to me. They seem to work when I stick them in things, but the whole process is fraught with tension and despair.
I lined it with some stylish Amy Butler fabric, to give a slight air of grown-upness to the whole thing.
It's hard to tell from the photos, but in between the lining and the outer fabric there's a layer of thin cotton wadding (of the kind you'd use in quilts) to make it feel smooshy and soft.
Thanks for reading!