The boys are on a Canadian fishing adventure so that means the girls will play.  There will be road trips, lots of fiber shenanigans, a glass of wine or two, and making, making, making.  Here’s what I accomplished on PlayDay #One.  Another project bag…I acquired this sweet vintage, cowgirl print a couple of weeks ago, falling in love with the precious faces and vignettes.  There’s chickens and kitties, tricycles and lots of cowboy hats; illustrations that I would have loved as a child growing up in the 60s.   The drawings remind me of pictures in a Little Golden Book.

I paired the darling cowgirls with a red bandana print, fully intending to put that fabric on the bottom of the bag but got the pieces mixed up and too far sewn before I realized what I had done.  I’ll fix that on the next bag.  I’ll do a better job of centering the illustrations on the front and back of the design, too.  This is what these tests are for.  

I snuck in a surprise lining, choosing a cowhide print in cotton to keep with the western theme.  A bandana red pocket inside will keep yarn labels and small notions organized.  

I love drawstring project bags but decided to insert a zipper on this one instead, primarily to keep the cowgirl print flat and visible rather than gathered and harder to see.  To add interest to the zipper pull, I knotted a length of red, gingham ribbon with two western-themed charms:  a cowboy hat and sherrif’s badge.  Those would also make adorable progress keepers.  A touch of whimsy makes my heart very happy.  

The bottom is flat so that it stands up on its own but I do think I’ll use a stiffer interfacing on the next go around.  Since the top is not gathered, the extra body will be good.  

This bag-design-in-progress is already a home for two balls of cotton that will become my next girlfriend market bag.  I’m a little obsessed with this project, a free pattern on Ravelry (Grrlfriend Market Bag by Laura Spradlin). It’s hitting the road with me today alongside my bird & dot drawstring, and Fringe Supply, Co. bags.  One can never have too many knitting projects on the go.  But you already knew that. Those WIPS are my Precious Cowl in Primrose Spicy Curry, and my Janina Kallio Stella wrap in Malabrigo Mechita.  

Stay tuned for for more making madness.  Tif will be joining me soon!

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