A pretty cool (at least I think so) $10 bag

I took a leap of faith this year and created a handmade gift for my 16-year old niece for Christmas. In recent years, I’ve gone the way of itunes gift cards and cash, knowing how difficult it is to keep up with the rapid progression of a teenager’s taste.

BTW, I think I’m safe talking about this here, because I am quite sure that her ancient aunt’s blog would not interest her!

As you know, I am all about embellishing things with hand stitches and felt these days (though I’ve really never done it before.) So, I found a great deal on this bag at Old Navy, dreamed up a design in Alysha’s favorite colors–red, purple and black, which I determined by reading the fine print on her Facebook profile, thank you very much–and a few hours later…

Voila! A pretty cool (at least I think so) $10 bag.


Here’s a closeup:


And here’s my attempt at personalization on the shoulder strap. I’m not going to win any embroidery awards, but still…


It’s wrapped and on the way to Thunder Bay and I really hope Alysha likes it.

But if she doesn’t, that’s ok.

At the very least, the bag was a gift to me: the gift of a fun and creative evening of stitching.

And I do think it’s pretty cool. At least I hope it is.

5 Responses to A pretty cool (at least I think so) $10 bag

  1. Inspired December 8, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    Love it! It’s gorgeous!

  2. Shari Lemieux December 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm #

    lovely idea!

  3. Angie December 8, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    I love it and I know Alysha will too!!!!
    I think it’s perfect.
    And best of all…..made with love and that will mean alot to her.
    Love ya

  4. Amy Haley December 10, 2010 at 7:09 am #

    So ambitious! It looks great! I can’t believe you have time for that. The boys LOVED their bracelets… they arrived yesterday and were packaged so nicely. Both of them asked how you knew about what their favorite verses were 😉 They are sporting them to school today. Great choice.

  5. tami December 10, 2010 at 12:38 pm #

    I think she will love it!! she can find so many uses for it-and how special you made it!! awesome way to use your newest talent!!

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