7 handmade holiday: part one.


I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! My husband and I enjoyed spending time in the UP with family and friends. We also found out from this little guy that we'll be an auntie and uncle again in June!  "My mommy has a baby in her tummy"...what wonderful news to find out on Christmas Eve.

In other (much less exciting but still relevant) news, I thought I'd start a series to share a few of the gifts I made this year. We'll start with the most labor intensive. I made this purple and gray houndstooth overnight bag for my sister Dani. It took quite a bit of work including a lot of handsewing since the fabric was so thick.  Have I mentioned how much I despise handsewing?  It was my first time making cargo pockets as well, and I'm happy to report I do not despise making pockets at all!

If there is anyone that is as obsessed with houndstooth as I am, it's my sister.  This fabric was perfect for her.  Major props to my better half for picking it out.  And for coming to JoAnn's with me.  He's a brave one, that husband of mine.  

I lined the inside with an olive green silky cotton.  It had a really beautiful sheen to it.

This is the first piece that I've sewn the bijou lovely name into.  Hopefully there will be many more to come!

My sister loved the bag and was amazed at how many clothes she could fit into it!  It was well worth the effort.  Hopefully she'll use it on a trip to come visit me sometime soon (hint hint).


  1. It looks awesome! Great job :)

  2. That is amazing! and I love the purple houndstooth :)

  3. yeah. i'd come see you if i liked you. just kidding. i love you :) thanks again!

  4. oh love the bag...nice work!

  5. Oh my gosh. That lil guy in front of the tree!?

    Too cute!

    Love your blog, will be following :-)

    Happy New Year!


  6. I love this bag! Where did you find the pattern? Would you be willing to share what pattern it is? I have been looking for a great carry on bag and I think this would be great.


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