Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Family Tree Tote Bag


Our Hatch family reunion this year spotlighted the best Grandmother of all time- Grandma Clayton. If you read this blog with any sort of regularity, you probably have an inkling why I think that she is so wonderful. Mom had the idea of giving her a family tree tote because Grandma loves bags and is always doing family history. So I took this little project on and had a fun time designing it and sewing it. I wanted to share pictures of the end product. Claire, the cat, also wanted to see my creation. Okay, to be completely honest, she just wanted to sniff it and sit on it. But I'll pretend she was admiring it.

The inside of the bag had a fun owl print,
and the back side had a pocket with the words, "I have a family tree, with branches by the dozens.." embroidered on it.

Some of the family leaves....
Presenting it to Grandma at the reunion. She's wearing her "star of the show" crown. :-)Doesn't she look cute? I love you Grandma Clayton!!! :-)

7 comments:

EllaJac said...

OH that's lovely! I do want to sew more; maybe when garden time is done.

Do the different leaf fabrics mean anything? Most are the green, but I see some lighter patterns in there...

Great job!!

mama of many said...

I got teared up reading this and looking at the pictures. What a blessing it is to have a Granddaughter like you. The bag is so great!!! I really think the cat is admiring it.

sariah said...

Hi Ella!,
I originally tried to think how to make different fabric patterns mean different relationships, but I finally decided that was too complicated. So I just did it for variety. :-)

The Mayo Family said...

Sariah the bag looks great! I wish I lived closer so I could learn how to sew like that.

Manda said...

Love the bag!!!

joely oley said...

That's a damn fine bag. I just love the inside pockets and the long supple handles which encourage proper bag carrying posture. The fabric reminds me of Amy Butler

Quinn said...

This is such a lovely idea! Your grandma looks so happy with it! Just beautiful! I'm terrified of sewing, so I'm EXTREMELY impressed by your talents! Way to go!