It was my parents' 25th wedding anniversary a couple of weeks ago, and since they are two of the most practical people I have ever met and are therefore completely underwhelmed with non-functional gifts, I thought I'd make a couple of useful bags, which we filled with a couple of chocolate bars and drawings from my children (which are, natually, the finest art one could hope to see).
I actually made three bags, but apparently failed to photograph one of them. In my head they're for taking on camping holidays (am I the only one who always needs an extra bag for something whenever we go camping?), so the third, unphotographed bag is made from a Dear Stella print with lots of tents on (we will gloss over, for the moment, the fact that that they camp in a van, not a tent. It's pretty fabric, so who cares?).
The pattern is Jeni's amazing drawstring bag pattern which pops up an awful lot around the blogosphere. I've used it a couple of times before, but never posted about it, so it seems itabout time that I add my rave review to the consensus. This is a seriously well written, well thought through pattern. Lots of little details like sized bags, a calculate-your-own-pattern-dimensions sheet, and photographs at every single step (I am really visual, I need photographs) make this a pattern I am genuinely looking forward to using again.
The bags (and the chocolate, and the artwork) seemed to go down pretty well - I may have finally found the handmade gift that works for my uber-practical family.