My husband and I are off to France in March and I wanted a compact bag big enough to fit all of my stuff I expect to need everyday (wallet, phone, glasses case, tissues, camera etc). I also wanted it to pack reasonably flat and light for the flights. Obviously I wasn't going to find anything stylish that fit these criteria so I decided to make one.
I don't do a lot of hand-sewing but for some reason I decided to embroider it with lady beetles. By the time I was sewing on the twelfth one I was glad it was the last! Yesterday I finished Les Cochinelle:
I kind of loosened up in terms of precision on the last bit of topstitching but it's only really messy on the back, so I'm not too worried. I'm quite proud of most of it.
Zip closure courtesy of a tutorial on Craftster (Inserting a gusset zipper, perhaps?).
My first inside zip pocket, also thanks to a Craftster tutorial.
I knew it wasn't going to be precise enough to sew a closure on the flap so I put glass beads along the edge to weight it down a little.
And finally a detail on a ladybird.
So, what do you think?