Last week Cal finished preschool for the year. We had performances and picnics. I love preschool so much. What's not totally adorable about 3 and 4 year olds singing (it's even adorable when they choose not to sing) the itsy bitsy spider? Cal has 2 teachers. His main teacher is my good friend Karen who has received so MANY of my handmade gifts that I decided to give her a gift card instead. The assistant is new though and she asked Karen to tell me that she wanted something I made- that was really nice since I sometimes wonder if people would just prefer something from the store!
I bought several half yards of Sandi Henderson's secret garden when it came out in the fall. I thought it was pretty but when it arrived I found it too girly for my personal tastes. I kept trying to use it but have ended up just using it as gifts to people I know are more into this look than me. It's lovely but I can't get excited about it for myself. I find it a safe and sweet fabric to make teacher gifts though!
The assistant preschool teacher is very sweet and talks to me a bunch her love of Vera Bradley. I hoped that she would like this quilted cover on the On the Go Organizer since it is kinda like Vera Bradley- right? I just made simple loops which was fun and easy.
The interior is more Secret Garden and I used my favorite duck cloth for the pocket to give some extra weight. This took me less than an hour to make!
I also made my good friend Anna a 3 Layer Clutch for her birthday. We have been friends since we were 13 and I have neglected her birthday for years since we got out of college and I moved away from Atlanta. She is not really the Vera type so I went a little more funky on the fabric.
The fabric is Soul Blossoms from Amy Butler and I used vintage trim and onasburg for the flap. Hopefully she has gotten her package by today and I am not ruining her surprise here!
Back in march I ordered some beautiful Heather Ross fabric to make another more spring themed 3 layer clutch. I made the clutch but ended up cutting the main outside piece too small. I felt irrated and abandoned the clutch to work on my Bunny where I used up the rest of that adorable fabric. After I finished up Anna's clutch, I looked at that abandoned one from March and felt newly inspired to start in with my seam ripper, make a whole new outside piece, rework the interior (since I had cut all that down to try to fix up the shortened outside piece) and finish up the clutch finally.
Somehow the flap turned out a little short but it worked out nicely since you can see the words on the Snow White fabric.
Pretty and whimsical but not cutesy. Isn't that what Heather Ross is a genius at creating? Then the wallet opens to look great too and you can see a bit of the 7 dwarfs.
I am so glad I took the time to rip out all those seams and replace those pieces! My next few posts may be about my veggie garden so I wanted to make sure you got your fill of sewing projects with this one! Hope you are having a wonderful spring and enjoying beautiful weather like we are!