The amazing Wendi of Shiny Happy World recently hosted the first Finished Stitches Embroidery Challenge - and I was lucky enough to be able to participate. Yay!
The premise was simple (originally blogged here) - purchase one of Wendi's fabulous embroidery samples and then finish it off by making it into something. Anything. Whatever. All we were required to do was finish it.
When the shop opened I was quick to snap up my favourite of all Wendi's designs - Duck, Duck, Robot (pattern available here). I then had to wait patiently for it to arrive (thankfully the project deadline was extended as international post can be sloooow) but, believe me, it was worth it. I was not disappointed!
Wendi's original stitched design features prominently as the front pocket, and is then teamed with this fabulously bright alphabet fabric, which also features on the back.
For a bit of interest I also cut out some of the letters to spell out BOOK BAG underneath the ducks and robot. These were then appliqued on and stitched around in black, to echo the quilting on the fabric.
The lining adds even more colour with these orange and white swirls and the whole bag is finished off with some tone-on-tone dark blue handles.
And here it is in action. A perfect Christmas present (with a store-bought book not the library ones!) for a soon-to-be-1-year-old, little boy,. Start them young, I say! :)
As is my usual modus operandi, I've just scraped into the deadline with this one, with projects due today. Phew! Voting then opens tomorrow, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs. Exciting!! If you are interested then head over here to see all the finished projects. There are some beauties!
Thanks to Wendi for being soooo generous with her gorgeous samples. It was fun!
I'm also happy to report that I have officially ticked off the first item on my Making Christmas list. Whoop! Yes, it was a total gimme, but it still counts I tells ya! ;)
And, because I can, I am going to be super cheeky and link up to last Friday's TGIFF party, over at M-R's. Ok, it's not exactly Friday but it is a finish and I am thankful... ;)