I decided early on that I wanted to make as many of the gifts we gave to people for helping us with the wedding as possible. I also liked how thinking along these lines allowed me to indulge in buying some of my favorite fabrics! I had been eyeing Heather Bailey’s new line of Nicey Jane fabrics since before they came out this past winter, and I knew I wanted to use some in my crafting.
While I did find multiple uses for the fabric in wedding related crafts, these were a few of my favorite gifts to make. For many people in the wedding I made quilts, but for my 2 sisters I wanted to make something else (as I had just given them both quilts as graduation gifts in May).
I decided to use Amy Butler’s pattern called the Birdie Sling Bag. I must say, I think they came out rather well!
This was the first time I used a real pattern to make something– I am very used to winging it when I sew and craft, so having pieces to cut out with an actual template was really new! I also had never used interfacing before, and had no idea how to do things like pleats or gussets. I am feeling very accomplished now, and can’t wait to make myself a nicey jane birdie bag!
I headed to a local park where there’s an old mill to take these photos. I think all hand-made gifts are deserving of such a lovely background for their photoshoot.