One of the best feelings in the world is finishing a project that you are making for a particular person and imagining how they will feel receiving it. Even better is the genuine surprise when you happen to see that person actually using what you have made for them. Not only using it occasionally but keeping it in their daily rotation of everyday items. I frequent thrift shops and clearance sales and have a difficult time passing up anything crafty. On a recent shopping trip I came across a purse kit. These are like treasure to sewers because most of the work is already done for you! The fabric is coordinated and is usually already cut to size. When I purchased the kit I did not have an idea of who I might make it for but a friend's daughter was graduating from college and I knew it would be perfect. Her major is art and every artist needs a great bag they can sling around with. This young lady is also very trendy so I knew I could go a little over the top with my embellishments.
I had some black velvet in my stash that I used to create an outer pocket with. Before stitching it on the purse I used my embroidery machine and some "Girly Skulls " by "Designs by Sick(Link) . (no affiliation)
I also used some designer stiches on my sewing machine to make the handle of the purse a little more fun.
The polka dot fabric came in the kit but I had some pink fabric that I used to add an inside pocket to catch those smaller items that always wind up floating around. The label was added so she would know it was made especially for her.
When I finished and wrapped it up, I sent it on it's way with best wishes thinking I would never see it again..
What a sweet surprise to see it being used!
Just like I imagined but even better in person! I hope you have enjoyed this post, share what you have learned and are generous with what you make. Someone will appreciate your hard work!
What is a Lagniappe Peddler?
ˌlanˈyap,ˈlanˌyap - something given as a bonus or extra gift