It’s my blog and I’ll show off if I want to. Two of my latest and favorite crochet peices are a tote and flag ball.
The flag ball was sort of inspired by seeing lots of Kuwaiti flags in preparation for February’s Hala February. I got into this patriotic mood and decided to make my own flag. At first I thought a felt flag might be an idea but was at loss for ideas on how to hang it in the car and then I came across this pattern for ornament balls. It took about an hour to make. The only problem with is that Lulu sits at the back and keeps asking for it to play with. I think I might make another bigger one without the hanging chain so she can have it.
I found the tote on Ravelry for the Summer Sling Tote and fell in love with it. Yes I fall in love with tote patterns. I am crazy like that. I could almost touch it in my head. I went out and got this beautiful denim blue cotton and started at it 3 days ago. All the time while I was working on it, I was imagining myself taking it out and enjoying it. I did shorten the handle from the original pattern because when the handle is too long I am a little bit uncomfortable. I had some pretty IKEA upholstery fabric and decided to use it as a lining. Lining the bag was definitely the hardest part, my fingers are still sore. I don’t have a sewing machine so it was all hand stitched and the fabric is really tough. Instead of using a whip stitch to join the bag and the lining I used a blanket stitch. The bag was awesome but it was too open, I then found 3 wooden buttons in my sewing kit and added them too and now I can’t wait to go out so I can enjoy my new tote.
Now excuse me while I go enjoy playing with my new tote before I go out with it.