What a lovely process making this new tote bag has been over the past week. It all began with an idea to remake and share one of my very old stitchery patterns from 2014 with you. From there, I decided to display the design on a pretty tea towel, cutting it up to create a simple tote bag.
But not content with 'just' a tote, I thought that adding some crochet edging around the top would definitely make the whole project a little more special.
The tea towel was 18" x 28" and I needed to unpick the hems to press it out and give me more fabric to work with, and the upside of this was that I had enough extra to make the two handles.
The stitchery itself was hand embroidered onto some pale pink linen that I bought way back when Cully May was a baby, and I'd only used it once before as a stitchery background because it's such a fine linen weave. But waste not want not! I am using everything on hand these days, which is really fun.
Here's the bag after I'd completed it as a simple tote...
A lovely tote with a good message...but I knew the crochet edging would definitely lift it. Around the top edge I blanket stitched with a very pale turquoise 4ply crochet cotton, similar to the colour in my tea towel fabric.
Then I switched to this lovely rusty pink 8ply yarn for a row of double chain (chain in the US)...
...followed by a final row of trebles and double chain (double chains and chain US). The pattern is very simple - 3 trebles into one stitch, then 1 dc into each of the next two stitches. Just follow that to the end.
This past week I have been deep cleaning the house again, baking up a storm for the family, and sorting through years of Elefantz files, but I'll share more about that in my next blog post. I have some very simple and inexpensive recipes for you to try as well, recipes my family love and refer to as comfort food.
Do you have a specific comfort food?? Mine are Nana's roast dinners and her baked rice custard...how I miss them. No matter how hard I try, mine never tastes like hers.
What have you made this week? Have you started a new project for 2024, or are you completing UFOs? Have you been baking?
Bless each and every one of you in the week ahead, and may your hearts be at peace in your home as you take each day as the gift it is, and choose to live with joy in your ordinary lives.