One of my girlfriends has a very special girls night each year for her birthday. For weeks I had been debating what to make her. Last year I made her these mother daughter bags. Then I made her daughter the pink kitchen. Boy did I set the bar too high! No, just kidding.
I knew all along that I wanted to use photos for her gift. For a while I had been playing with picnic and thinking of making something using the photos on zazzle. The search was over when I saw the fabric basket at Pink Penguin and this fabric basket, made using photos.
I printed the photos onto muslin using wonder under as the paper backing. I still want to try using freezer paper to do fabric printing. Ralphs did not have freezer paper and I am *really* trying to use what I have anyway.
By the way, I heard on the news that while other retail stores are showing slow sales, Joanne's Fabric had better than expected earnings this quarter. I could have told them that. Troubled times call for craft therapy.
I have always been a "divergent learner" so naturally, I did not follow the tutorial exactly. I wanted the pictures to be bigger so I used 3" squares instead of 2" squares. Now, my bigger basket is also floppier.
Also, I got so excited when I figured out "boxed corners" that I became overly zealous and forgot to attach the fleece interfacing. To fix that, I put the fleece in the basket lining and did some quilting around the pictures-after the whole thing was assembled.
Have I mentioned that I may be a bit A.D.D?
All is well that ends well, right? I think it looks pretty cute. I like the colors and the overall impression. But what do I put in it? I thought it would be good for holding mail and I was going to fill it with a note pad and some stationary. Now, it's sort of too floppy for that function. I thought about a lot of ways to stiffen it, but since I quilted the whole thing together, it's done. And, frankly, I am done with it.
Now it's more gift bag than gift. Spa goodies maybe? Snacks? Any ideas are welcome!