Saturday, July 16, 2011

Do It Yourself Birthday Gifts!

I always have a hard time picking something a bit less practical for gifts. Hubby kept asking me what I wanted for my Birthday this year, and I couldn't give him a great answer. So we ran around and did some errands, ate at a great pizza place for lunch, and went shopping (mostly window shopping). We stopped by Harbor Freight and Hubby found this bag:It's a tool bag that will stay open (because it has stiff wires at the zipper.) At the time I commented that it would great if it was in a different color, then I could use it as a purse.

Well, Hubby took that as a sign of a great gift for me. We went and got another one, and I proceeded to take it apart to make a pattern and make myself a new purse. I tease Hubby, and tell everyone that he got me a Make-Your-Own-Purse Kit.Here are the pieces from the original bag, and the pieces I cut out to make a new one. I reused the zipper and the handles (including wire) since I didn't want to spend more time finding a long enough zipper.And TA-DA! Here is my awesome green bag. We found a reminent of Olive Green Duck Canvas, and I already had an awesome print. It has three pockets on each side of the outside. and lots of inside pockets.Here is the inside. I got too excited when I got it done and loaded it up before I remembered to take pictures, so pardon some of my stuff. Do you just love the fab cotton print.
NOTE: I tried it out in the middle of typing this post, and I need to put in a shoulder strap, because I didn't realize how much I automatically sling or tried to sling my purse over my shoulder. I'll post a revised picture when I get around to actually getting the strap on. Here is Hubby's 'Tool' bag next to my new Birthday 'Purse'. I totally love it! Thanks to my awesome Hubby!
My other 'DoItYourself' birthday present was a skirt. I saw THIS super cute tutorial over at Running With Scissors. I just had to make one (minus the pockets because I didn't have enough fabric).I still want to put a few more rows of shirring, but I ran out of time to get it done. I fell in love with the print.
The actual day of my birthday was nice, we took it fairly easy, spent some time with my family, and each other. I still have another gift coming from my Dad, so I'll post again what it is and what I did with it.


Amanda Anne said...

You do AMAZING things!! I'm totally impressed and can't wait to see what you come up with next!

Jolley's said...

First of all Happy Belated Birthday! And secondly I love the new purse! So clever!
If you would like--I'd like to send you some "birthday" vinyl--any saying and size you'd like as a present from me :)
Lemme know