Friday, March 21, 2014

All About Cate

This week has been a bit of a whirlwind. Patrick just returned from France (Woohoo!!!) and I've had several projects to finish. You'll get to see the rest of them in due time, but today is for my Cate Shoulder Bag* for the Swoon Patterns"All About Me" swap.

It took me forever to decide on fabric for this bag. How do you choose which pieces of yourself to express, and then how do you figure out what fabric to use? Admittedly I have a tendency to overthink these things. I went through a half dozen combos before I finally settled on one. Because of all of this last minute stuff, all of the fabrics were found locally at my local JoAnn's Fabric and Crafts

Discarded fabric combos. I may have bought enough to make about three bags. Oops.

I changed it twice more while I was working. But she's done!

All About Kate Cate

I love her and now I don't want to give her away. That's the down side of making a bag about yourself, I guess, that you put so much of you into it that you get attached and it's hard to let go. I hope my swappee likes it. I am excited to get my Cate about someone else. Of course, I couldn't make it simply as the pattern directed, so I used this tutorial to make those lovely front pockets. Sincerely Jen Cate Pockets Tutorial

I still need to write a letter explaining my choices - I'm pretty sure that will be easier than making said choices in the first place. It really has to be! Here's the short version: The green outer fabric has cooking words on it, because I like to cook. The exposed pocket linings on the front have Irish Claddaghs because both my husband and I are Irish, and our wedding rings are Claddagh rings. I'm a musician, so the lining above the zipper has treble clefs. The main lining is purple, just because it's my favorite color. The inside pockets are a dictionary print and teacups. I love words and tea, and I fussy cut the pieces to show the definition for "curiosity", and the tea cup with the chai tea bag.

Closer look at inner pockets, before it was all sewn together.

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