Monday, May 11, 2009

Mother's Day Gifts

I was brave this Mother's day and decided I would make my mom's gifts.  I love to sew but am new at it.  I was nervous that I would end up making a mistake and not being able to correct and figured I would get a gift card if that happened.  I found the most fabulous book~ Bend the Rules Sewing at the library and was thrilled to see the pattern for this bag in it.  My mom loves bags and I thought this was one she would like to have.  I got busy sewing and carefully reading and rereading the pattern.  The instructions were great and the pattern pictures were so helpful.  I was so happy with how it came out.

I love the pleats and the topstitching.  It gives the bag such a nice finishing look.

I divided the pocket and made two.  I know my mom likes alot of pockets. 

This is the card I made for her.

I saw this adorable apron pattern on My Byrd House and gave it a try.  I think this is a great idea.  I did not follow the tutorial completely but loved the idea of adding the ruffle and waistband in a contrasting colorful fabric.

My mom was very happy with her gift.

My mother in law is in a nursing home and we usually just buy her things as the need comes up.  I didn't want to go visit her empty handed on Mother's day.  There isn't alot of space in the room she shares so I wanted to bring her just a small vase of flowers and a card to let her know we are thinking of her.  I made her the card above and found this great idea at One Pretty Thing.  (I absolutely love this site!!)  Once the bottle was covered with jute I went to my backyard and cut some lilacs from my bushes.  Filled the bottle and it looked great.

I loved all these ideas and had so much fun making each one.  The moms loved them and it made me even happier.  All of these ideas were frugal, too.  I didn't have to buy anything, actually I bought thread.  I just went digging through my stash until I found something that would work.  


monica said...

Ruth, Everything is so pretty! You did a great job!

monica said...

I forgot to say that I love the fabric on the bag and apron! Yippe, I am so thrilled!

Nancy Jo said...

Very nice Ruth. I really wish I could sew better then I do. I'm pretty much a straight stitch sewer. The Apron and purse are really cute, you did a great job.
Nancy Jo

Carol............. said...

Oh, Ruth, that bag is lovely and what a great ideas for the cards!

sara's art house said...

Love the apron and purse! Wow! you did a great job. I have never tried to sew a purse, but that looks like a good one to try.

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