Today is my day!
I am so happy that the Nancy Drew is a Clue Blog Hop has finally begun.
My mom has a younger sister that is really close to half-way between my age and my mom's. Her name is Jill, (or Jilly Bean as I like to call her), and I have always been very close to her. She is the greatest Great-Aunt ever.
As a girl, Jilly Bean loved Nancy Drew books. I bet she read every one available at the time. After my daughters learned to read, she gifted several original copies she had to them. They loved them as well, and still have them.
As soon as I found out about this fabric I knew what I wanted to make and for whom I was going to make it!!! I knew I wanted to make Jill a pouch out of the Nancy Drew fabric to carry her Kindle in. I bought the Idea Pouch Pattern from Michelle Patterns and got started right away.
Let me say that this is the easiest pouch I have ever made. The instructions are so clearly written and the whole thing came together from cutting to finished in a matter of one short evening of sewing.
The only modification I made to the pattern was cutting the directional fabric a little longer so I could cut it apart, turn one side and sew it back together along the fold lines so the books and faces were all going the correct directions. (If you look closely at the photo to the right, you will see that the books on the top are upside down when the flap is opened)
We are a sentimental family and we save treasured items from the past. (My children call it hoarding, but they do it too, LOL) The buttons on the front of the pouch are some that my grandmother, (Jill's mom), saved. I used to play with her buttons as a child and was so lucky to get them after she passed away. These particular ones were perfect for this project.
On my side of the family, we celebrate Christmas at my parents' house on Christmas Eve. We draw names for the adults and without saying a word, or manipulating the process in any way at all, Jilly Bean was chosen for me to give a gift to. She would have gotten the pouch anyway, at some point, but this was GREAT. The fabric...Jill's love of Nancy Drew...Drawing Jill's name.......OH, HOW THIS WAS MEANT TO BE!!!! (the only thing that went wrong was that my husband was very ill, and I didn't get to be there to see her open it, but my children were and they took lots of pictures for me!!)
This past weekend, Jill asked me to make her a matching iPhone cover. This is what I made from a tutorial by luellabella. Fast, cute, DONE. The button was another from my grandmother's collection. The iPhone cover was loved as much as the pouch!
Great big thank yous go out to Madame Samm and Carol for putting this hop together. It has been fun!!!
Thank you for visiting my little blog and I hope you will check out all the other blogs in the hop. Here are the blogs featured today:
Fabric-ating (You are Here!)