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Frenchy Shoulder Bag, originally uploaded by Bookishly Fab.

I’ve been wanting to try making one of Amy Butler’s purse designs for a couple weeks now. But I’m a little uncertain about my abilities to do so and I’m leery of spending money in an attempt just yet. So this contest is just perfect for me and perhaps for you :)

You can find more information at the Fabric Shopper but here is a short bit about the contest:

“Amy Butler Design has very kindly offered some of her very popular sewing patterns for giveaways on The Fabric Shopper! To go along with the bag patterns, some of The Fabric Shopper’s sponsors are offering you free fabric! Starting today, The Fabric Shopper will be giving away one Amy Butler sewing pattern teamed up with fabric from one site sponsor each week for the next 5 weeks!

Kicking things off we have the Frenchy Bags pattern teamed up with a $25 gift certificate for fabric from Fresh Squeezed Fabrics! The Frenchy Bags pattern includes instructions and pattern pieces to create both a handbag and shoulder bag.”

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IMG_3030, originally uploaded by http://badhuman.wordpress.com.

I know I disappeared but I really hadn’t been doing anything crafty lately. This weekend I had some time and decided to rectify that.

The idea of trying to make every single Christmas gift by hand is very intimidating to me. Instead I want to spend the year making handmade birthday gifts. My first test is my mom’s birthday on the 9th of March. Since I just started knitting a pot holder seemed like a simple project that would still turn out fabulous. I’m using these instructions with the basket weave pattern. The knitting only takes a couple hours so now I need to find a coordinating fabric :). I’ll use it for one side of the pot holder and then as an accent for some dishtowels (like the picture below).

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It’s all pretty simple which is right up my sewing alley but my mom will still be impressed. Now I need to figure out what to do for my husband’s birthday…

Any ideas?

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