My children's former elementary school is having a James Bond "Casino Royale" fund raiser this weekend, and even though my kids have moved on, I am happy to contribute. I mean, Rae's sweet Buttercup bags whip up so easily (especially when you've already made about 20 of them for other gifts and auctions!). I think every Bond Girl mommy should have one of these on her arm:
This one is so pretty - it is made from Amy Butler's "Nigella" home dec weight cotton, which is simply gorgeous. A google search found it for a shockingly reasonable price of $13.95/yd here. (hope you're not on a fabric diet).
The lining is a Kona solid which just might be Herb. Unfortunately, my machine didn't really like the only pink thread I had for topstitching, but after picking out twice I decided to leave the few little thread blobs on the bag's inside (man, I really dislike those. I tightened up the top tension, changed the needle, cleaned the bobbin case, all to no avail. My Pfaff and Mettler thread are like oil and water). I was afraid of damaging the home dec fabric with repeated needle-punches....you know how it can get little runs in it? It looks perfect on the outside.
So only me and the generous buyer, and 338 of you need to know (you won't tell, right? Thanks).
Speaking of which, I am completely stunned that so many of you have clicked on that little 'follower' button. Yes, stunned, thrilled, happy, appreciative - all of that and more. That you all want to hang out here and see what I'm making/photographing/blathering on about is incredibly special to me. Thank you so very much. Every time that little counter goes up by one, I feel like I've made a new friend (and no matter what anyone says, that's a kindergarten feeling that I think everyone still loves). A giveaway is in order when that number reaches 350, don't you think? Definitely a milestone I want to celebrate with all of you!
Now, I've mentioned it here before, but if you would like to make these sweet bags to sell at craft fairs or to friends, Rae has a licensed version of her pattern for sale at a ridiculously reasonable price of $10. I bought one just because I was making so many bags and wanted to support her generosity. Her blog sidebar is full of other wonderful FREE tutorials, so definitely pay her a visit.