Yesterday, I showed you the in-progress pix of the Super Shopper I made for my long-time friend Patty. Today ... the finished bag! Here it is, hanging in my Japanese Maple:
If this was going to someone other than Patty, there's a real strong chance it wouldn't have left my house. Seriously.
The front has that BDU pocket on a pocket on a pocket. I love that.
My wavy quilting echoes the shape of the matryoshka dolls, only sideways. That was my thinking, anyway. Here's a look at the back:
I thought that BDU pocket needed some kick, so I appliquéd a narrow (1/4"?) piece of one of the fabs across it.
Here's another look at the wavy quilting on the front.
Here's a detail shot of the top of the bag:
I like how the "fussy cut" matryoshka doll just takes charge. I used another side-tab with button hole from the BDUs as a closure for the bag (like I did with an inside pocket) and tied a BDU button on with some cool orange and yellow and "other" embroidery thread. I also popped the lining of the bag up about 3/8 of an inch and did two lines of top stitching.
Let's check out the top of the straps:
A bit of camo fabric on one; a small matryoshka doll on the other. It's like the doll is the angel sitting on Patty's shoulder.
Here's the bottom right-hand corner:
And now, it's time to look inside!!! Check out how everything came together:
In the line of pockets on one side, I tucked some little surprises for Patty. How about a glasses case?
Maybe now you understand what I mean about the wavy quilting echoing the contours of the dolls! And how about a key fob?
Yes, yes, I did mix gold and silver tones. Hey, if I can mix all those crazy fabrics, why not mix those, too?!?!
The surprise bunnies are tucked into the big BDU cargo pocket:
Patty has now named the bunnies after her granddaughters and herself! She is the bunny with her arms around the other bunnies, she told me. I LOVE that kind of thing!!!
That side of the inside is complete with an American flag patch - because Patty is a patriot in a family full of patriots!!!
Last, but not least, here's how that inside pocket on a pocket came out:
I love everything about this bag - but most of all, I love the special friend for whom it was made. Patty, I sincerely hope you (and the grandgirls!) have a ball carrying and exploring this bag. It was a delight to make for you - and hey, I'm not sure I told you this ... but in that buttoned pocket in the last picture? There are a billion smiles packed in there! Enjoy!!!
Thanks for reading!