Summertime! Wait a second, long sleeve shirt? Yep, that's a June morning in Seattle. I shouldn't be griping - at least its not raining. Until we hit our official summer weather (after Independence Day weekend, of course), I thought I'd brighten things up with a new bag (big surprise)...
I actually purchased this canvas bag from Target while I was in Chicago. I forgot to throw my smallish diaper bag into my suitcase, so when I unpacked, I found myself with only my super huge carry-on bag. Since I didn't want to lug that thing around for two weeks, I splurged on this bag ($12.99 - for a pretty cute little bag!).
When I returned to Seattle, I decided to spruce it up a bit with some embroidery on the pocket. I used another Sublime Stitching pattern that my friend Anna gifted to me a while back.
The happy little garlic and dancing carrot are just what I needed to make this bright lime bag even more cheerful! My embroidery is getting better, but I still have a long way to go (check out my first embroidered pocket project). I decided to make the garlic purple because I like purple better than white - and garlic is kind of purplish, right? It made me chuckle when I finished this embroidery and thought about how carrots and garlic are really not summertime vegetables. Oh well. They are so very darling and I couldn't resist them.
The feature that I really like about this bag is that the strap can be shortened or lengthened so that you can make it a hobo-style purse or a cross-body messenger-style bag. The pockets inside are pretty useless, the lining is very thin, and the pocket on the outside could use a closure of some sort. Perhaps I can use this bag to create a pattern of my very own with these improvements! Can you hear my cynical laugh right now? Can my to-do list of sewing projects get any longer?!
I think I'll sport my new bag to the Farmer's Market this Friday! :)