Courtney left wonderful hints, and she was easily stalkable. She is a little younger that I am, so our 80s references overlapped, but we different just the same. My original idea was to make a modern day version of the bermuda bag. I carried one of these in middle school and they were all the rage and I LOVED MINE. I mean, you could change out the covers; I had a monogrammed one, a corduroy one, a pink and green one . . .
I recently purchased Stitch Savvy, by the very talented Deborah Moebes, and in that book, is her version of the classic bermuda bag, The Classy Lady Elbow Bag. When I saw this pattern, I knew I would make this for Courtney. I purchased some awesome cassette fabric from the Geekly Chic line as well as some Robert Kaufman pink animal print. See, Courtney was a Jem fan, and, well, that pink lepoard fabric would be perfect to make the cover! I found a Jem patch and ordered that, thinking that it would be the most awesome finishing touch. However, that patch has YET to arrive . . . and the deadline for sending my swap item out was April 30.
|Bag fabric . . .yeah, those are sparkly handles!|
So, last week, I came up with another idea. Courtney is a HUGE fan of John Hughes films. Someone in our Flickr group posted a discussion topic about what your favorite 80s movie quotes are. Lucky for me, Courtney posted several. With this info, I set to creating a 16 candles pillow for her. It turned out fab, if I do say so myself!
I am still waiting on that Jem patch. I'm gonna finish the purse cover when that comes in, and I'll send that on as well. So, yeah, two gifts! Not a bad deal! She is awesome, so she deserves it!
|Classy Lady Elbow Bag|
Y'all have a great day!