A good friend of mine is moving to the mainland in a week, and I decided that it was about time I used my crafty skills for good, and so I made her a bag. She's going to be attending a big university, and will have to carry a lot of books for the insane subjects that she is doing (she's v. clever!), so getting a bag that would be big enough was a pain.
In the end, I used a tutorial from Sew, Mama Sew! and got quilty with it, so it's rather sturdy and right up her alley. It's quilted with a thick felt instead of batting, so that's added a bit of stiffness to it.
Here's the back of the bag. The two lower squares are pockets, and they've also been slightly quilted. My photography skills are not that good, but the picture on the second pocket is a gorgeous bird fabric that I found in another colour for the lining. The second square from the left in the row near the top is actually an image I printed onto fabric to quilt, from a free-to-use website.
This is the front of the bag, with one big pocket at the front! I also printed the fabric used for the quote on that pocket, as well as the flowers and the hourglass in the squares up the top. That quote is very important to me, and is actually a foundation of our friendship -- It's from a story-poem by Neil Gaiman, called Instructions.
Earlier this year, he did a reading down here and we waited for two hours to see him -- when he came onstage I honestly nearly passed out, because he and his stories mean that much to me. So that I was able to share that with her -- who also shares my love of Neil, it's quite alright -- meant a lot, especially as she's moving away.
And here is the aforementioned lining fabric. It's a rusty golden brown in real life, and it's got birds and plants all over it -- very rustic, and steampunkery. It also means the bag is reversable, so if she wants, she can flip it over and be different!
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For those interested, the quote reads 'Trust dreams. Trust your heart, and Trust your story."