Friday, December 11, 2009

Sew and Tell Friday

I made it!!!
It is not always easy to find what I am looking for. This is the kind of mess i make when i am looking. What was i looking for you might be wondering?....and if you were not that is ok too. :o) I was looking for some scraps to make, maybe the one and only handmade gift i will finish this Christmas. There were some good scraps in there.
Since i am fully confident that the family member i made this for never reads my blog, i feel comfortable sharing. Sorry, those of you that do read it is not for you. hope you won't be disappointed.
I made a bread bag...to store fresh bread, homemade or otherwise. It is lined with the same green floral in the patchwork. In doing this bag i conquered some of my least favorite things that i am not so great at....buttonhole and interfacing. I know you seasoned sewers are thinking, what those are easy things....but i tend to shy away if i have more to deal with than straight lines. i used this tutorial from this fun blog Adelaide Lemonade. When i saw it i knew right away that it would be a great gift for my uncle who makes bread all the time.
I embroidered it with the words 'frisches brot'....German for 'fresh bread'. Said aunt and uncle enjoy things of german persuasion...and when i last spoke to my aunt she was gushing about my uncles latest bread and how it was like a good german bread....crisp outside and soft and chewy in the middle. Sounds good to me. hence...frisches brot. NOW, i have not been to Amylouwho's to check out the rest of the finishes because i was too busy trying to finish mine while it was still Friday....so go and check them out with me. I know there are going to be some great ones.
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28 comments:

angela said...

Great finish! I make a huge mess like that when I'm looking, too. That's the only way to make sure all the most needed things are totally found :)

That great bag with the German - looks perfect for your uncle!

Evelyn said...

That's so nice! I bet your aunt and uncle will love it - what a perfect and thoughtful gift. (And so pretty too!)

Lara said...

What a lovely gift!

Elizabeth said...

that's soo cool Leslie!

Catherine said...

That's a great idea for a gift and perfect for your Uncle. I'm salivating over the sound of 'fresh bread'. Like the falling snow on your blog. How do you get that happening. Very cool!

ivoryspring said...

This has got to be one of the sweetest gifts!

Purple Paisley Patch said...

Gorgeous bag! I'm sure your Uncle will treasure it. The German embroidery is such a thoughtful and personal touch.
I'm with you on the buttonhole issue, I avoid buttonholes at all cost. I don't think I'll ever be brave enough to attempt making a button up shirt!

Emily said...

Very cool! I don't like button holes, either! I like the German touch you added to this--nice job!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

I love the look of your bread bag and now I'm going to have to read up on them and find out how they work. The way you embroidered the words at a 90 degree angle is very effective!

Colleen said...

I confess that I'm slightly jealous, but knowing that it's going to a good home makes it okay. :)
Great gift idea, Leslie.

Dee said...

Oooooohhhh. How cool!

Congatulations on overcoming the obstacles and your reluctance to do new/scarier things.

It looks fabulous and I'm sure Aunt and Uncle will be surpirsed and blessed!

Sew It Up! said...

Very creative! Lucky is the person receiving this gift. Thanks for sharing :o)

amandajean said...

that is a GREAT gift!!! how fun!

The Tripp Family said...

so cute!! I finished something last night but it was LATE, like almost the end of Letterman late, so I figured I might post it today. Or not, since it's a gift and I'm not sure if the recipient reads my blog. Oh, and I've never tried a buttonhole, and not looking forward to ever having to!!

Pokey said...

So very personalized, I think this is a great gift for your bread baking family.

ktquilts said...

Love it. I make homemade bread once and awhile, but there is never any need for a bag. There are no leftovers!! The bag is beautiful and thoughtful. Great gift!

Merry Christmas!
KT

Grammie/Mom said...

I'm with Colleen...a bit jealous because you came up with such a good gift idea. We no longer exchange gifts but I think I will make up some marshmallows to go along with some good quality hot chocolate for a 2010 winter warmth gift for them

Vicki said...

it looks great. I SOOO love the Recess fabric line.

Jennifer said...

What a great idea, I love that bag. Love the fabrics!

MaryMary said...

What a fabulous idea for a project. I remember how surprised I was that everyone in this little french village went to the bakery every single morning carrying their little baguette bag.

Katie said...

Hi Leslie,
I added your blog to my reader during Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway day and have been enjoying it ever since. What a cool surprise to see your bread bag made with my tutorial. Yours came out really great. I love the dark blue and the way that you did the embroidery. I hope the recipients love it.
Katie
http://adelaidelemonade.typepad.com

Brown Family Blog said...

wow that is quite impressive!

Mrs Moen said...

What a perfect present for a bread maker; great idea!

Deb said...

That is a lovely bag and so thoughtful. I love how you put so much work into it. We all have our fears to face... me well mine new years resolution is to finally conquer putting in zips!

Kathleen said...

Nice job and what a great gift idea.

Nina... said...

What a great gift idea! Thanks for sharing. Happy Holidays!

Rene' said...

What a cool idea. I love your bread bag. Turned out great. Thanks for sharing.

Shasta said...

A bread bag is such a good idea. And pretty too, and tailored for the recipient. I've made 7 gifts so far this season. Don't even think about what my stash looks like.

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