It starts off innocently enough. I’m making a piece for a client, and then it happens. I’m cutting the pattern out of the fabric, like any other project, and the butterflies start. I rush to the sewing machine, eager to see it become what I see in my mind. I begin to grow attached, find myself staring at it as it comes together, unable to go to bed until it’s *at least* almost finished. I won’t finish it that night, because I know that the sooner it is done, the sooner it will leave my possession. I accept it. I’ve fallen in love with the piece, and I want to stretch my time out with it for as long as possible.
Don’t get me wrong-I put my heart, and all the skill I can muster, into every piece I create! But sometimes, something about a certain item, or maybe the person it is going to when it is a gift, creates a different energy. Last week this very thing happened again. My friend Heather had asked me to create a backpack for her, and it was her turn in my sewing queue. Her first choice of fabric was unavailable, but we found this black and white version of it, and I convinced her to let me play with the coordinating medallion pattern. I based it off my “Essentials”pattern, with a few modifications per her request. I also added resin snaps to the sides, so that the side gussets can be snapped flat when the bag is less full, but opened up when it needs to hold more. It has 1.5” wide woven cotton straps, and silver sliding buckles to adjust the length. I hope I have some free time in the fall, because I certainly want one for myself! in the meantime, I’d love to make one for you!
So, check it out…here is the one that got away! 🙂 If you would like one of your own, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to place a custom order. The Essentials Backpack is $85, and can be made in this combination of fabrics, or from another pattern in my current stock (email to see current availability).