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Home made birthday present for my beloved sister April 19, 2008

Posted by Sarah in bag, cosy, fabric, gift, home made, knitting, sewing, wool.
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My older sister Karen had a birthday recently, this is what I made for her.

I had origionally thought that I would make her a large shopping style bag, like my own, but made of exquisite fabric. Off to the exquisite fabric I went, and purchased some beautiful japanese cotton. I got home and decided to make her a smaller, clutch-like bag, but with handles.

The handles are actually a drawstring that I kept from one of Joh’s hoodies.

Mum gave me a bunch of her old buttons the last time I was back in NZ. These sparkly little darlings are so cute! They’re only for decoration, and I’ve used two different ones on either side of the bag.

I used interfacing on the inside of the bag to strengthen it, and sewed on little snap fasteners.

I was in a rush to get this finished and posted with the rest of the gift, so you don’t get a finished product photo, sorry.

I also knitted her a beanie for the cold NZ winter. This is made from two yarns held together and knitted. The black is a chunky acrylic/wool mix and the grey graduated one is pure wool. The beanie ended up being really big, but I purposely knitted it larger to accommodate all of my sisters long hair into it. The hardest part of this was sewing it together at the end.

This flower was knitted using the same wool from Karen’s scarf from last year. I added a fabric covered button as the ‘pollen’. The button was fun to make, I’ll definitely make more of those. I initially thought that the flower could go on the hat as a little decoration, but the pattern didn’t indicate what size it would be so I ended up with something much bigger than expected! I sewed a little safety pin on the back so Karen can pin it to anything she pleases.