UPDATE: I've gotten so many emails asking where I got this fabric, I figured I would just post it. I got it here. Yup, it's from Walmart. I bought it in the store, not online. There is also a black version. Good luck, hope you find it!
Isn't that a bad rap song or something? No, no, no..."I got it from my Mama..." Okay, I'll stop.
I made my first gift! Mother's day was approaching and I knew I wanted to make my mom something that didn't include spray painted macaroni or my hand pressed into clay. Think, think, think.
My mom and dad often take quick, long-weekend vacations to an island near by (we live in Florida) where there are no cars! So cool right? You can only get around by bike or golf cart. So, I decided upon a beach bag. I used my ballet bag (tutorial from Simply Modern Mom) as a base for the design but made it much larger/wider, added a closure, and changed the handle.
Because I knew I would forget to take pictures of my mom with the bag, and because I knew we would be in a poorly lit restaurant when I gave it to her, I asked my friend Christy to model for me the day before so you could get a sense of the scale. I must say, lovely elbow. : )
The closure is actually a snap. I sewed the button over top just for looks. Maybe soon I'll teach myself real button holes.
I just kind of winged the flappy thing that the button is sewed to. I hope it stays on. Nothing says I love you like a bag that falls apart.
This project took me two nights after the kids went to sleep... so probably like 3 hours total? I'm sure I stopped and watched a bit of HGTV in there somewhere, ate some cookies, & put a kid back to bed 3 times, so you could probably do it faster.
Hope your Mother's Day was happy.http://www.walmart.com/ip/Cotton-Duck-Mod-Floral/17190569