Tuesday, November 22, 2016

striped cats tote

I absolutely love this time of the year. I love all the hustle and bustle of preparation for Thanksgiving and then Christmas (oh, I do love Christmas so very much), and two of my children were born in November which makes this month extra, extra special. But, I also feel like a hamster in its wheel. Running at neck breaking speed yet feeling like I'm not getting anywhere, or many times even falling more behind. Gah!!! Totally frustrating!

I managed to do a bit of sewing the other day though. And it totally helped with my mood :). So I decided to try and squeeze in a bit of  "sanity saving sewing" into most of my days.

I usually make a bag, a pouch, or a pillow. Nothing too huge and time consuming.

This little tote bag was one of those super quick, super satisfying projects. I made it for my son's friend. It was her birthday and she likes cats, so he very carefully went through my stash choosing the best cat print he could find.  He chose well, I must say. I love these Cotton and Steel striped cats.

He also chose these Cloud 9 owls (from Joann) for the lining. I thought it was a bit too much and wanted to steer him towards a plain lining but he insisted they were too cute not to be included :). Oh, well! 

Once the bag was finished he was super happy with the way it turned out. And so was his friend. I'm totally calling this a very successful collaboration.

Wishing you all a happy day. 



  1. Your son has great taste and I love the owls. Maybe he has an Owl and the Pussycat memory?

  2. it's so cute! it's been weird for me taking November off this year to recover from surgery. I enjoy the hustle & bustle too

  3. That's so sweet that your son wanted to choose the fabrics, and good for you for letting him choose what his heart felt like his friend wanted. What a sweet mom to make such a lovely present for his friend. Good luck for the rest of your crazy November!

  4. Such a fabulous Tote! Brilliant fabric choices too. Would you mind giving me the dimensions of your bag...length and width? mine always seem to look a bit out of proportion. thanx

  5. Super sweet. And sanity-sewing is a must!

  6. You son chose well indeed. I have 2 sons too and they always asked me to make pouches and bags for gift:)


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