It was originally my intention to share my Make It Pink week outfit for Project Sewn today. But, a few things came up, including but not limited to (ha-lawyer talk) the subject of this post. As the days went on, I knew that if I tried to finish my Make It Pink outfit, it would get later and later and I probably wouldn’t finish it in time and I definitely wouldn’t finish the next one in time, etc. So, instead of making a new Make It Pink outfit, I submitted my incredibly pnk Cake mash-up dress instead. I will still finish my planned pink blouse, since it will use the lovely pale pink silk I bought from Mood, just not for another couple of weeks.
Back to business…
A few weeks ago, Sanae from Sanae Ishida and Ute launched their Secret Valentine’s Exchange. The idea is basically a Secret Santa for Valentine’s Day, and all participants were randomly paired up, given basic information about their partner, and asked to sew something for them for Valentine’s Day. I figured what the hey, and signed up.
I was assigned to sew for someone who lives in a far more exotic place than I do, right on the beach. Someone with a love of neutrals and pops of color. So, for this beachy toddler-mom, I decided to make a beach bag. My personal favorite bum-around bag, actually, the Lickety Split bag from Made by Rae.
I realized that anyone who reads this blog probably thinks that I make nothing but clothing. And while that’s about 97% true, I do on occasion make other things. In fact, this is actually the fourth Lickety Split bag I’ve made.
This is such a great, easy project. It’s a great beginner project, and would even be a good first project for someone who isnt’ interested in starting with pillow covers or scarves. There’s nothing particularly complicated with this pattern, and most of the sewing is straight lines.
Typically, I would lengthen the handles by a few inches, since I think the pattern as drafted is just a bit short to be comfortable, but I only had one yard of my lining fabric, and the pattern is designed to use exactly one yard of each. So, instead, I stuck with the pattern as drafted.
I have also used Rae’s pleated pocket tutorial on a couple of the other bags that I made, which I think is a really nice addition. But they’re time consuming and I was short on time. Also, I think that the basic patch pockets work well with the incredibly neutral fabric.
The main fabric is a natural linen from Joann’s. It’s about the most neutral fabric I had in my stash, and I had plenty for this bag. It’s also really easy to work with, is washable, and is a great weight for a bag like this. The lining is a lovely orange flower print from the Heather Ross Far Far Away III line. I’ve been hoarding my Far Far Away for far too long, so I’m trying to use it when I have the opportunity. A lovely fabric like this really should see the light of day rather than languishing in my drawer!
Since this was a Valentine’s Day exchange, I couldn’t resist adding just a little something.
These hearts are hidden inside two of the pockets, as a small reminder of where the bag came from.
So there you have it! Great pattern + lovely fabric = my ideal beach bag. I sure hope she likes it!