I love appliquéd circles, so using an egg cup as a template; I drew small circles onto fusible web. Fusible web does not really adhere very well to wool, but at least it makes the shapes crisp and keeps the fabric from unravelling.
First I free motion embroidered the circles down using the machine; then added hand stitching around the edges using pearl cotton thread. I just loved working with the different textures, so by the end of the day it was all finished and no more hand sewing left to do.
I have made the lining, so now I only need a pinkish fabric for handles and a binding to cover the raw edges on the top, which will unravel if they are not finished in some way. Having only made one bag before, I wanted some easy pockets inside, so I made a 5”-ish pleat in the lining fabric, ironed the folds, and sew a seam in the middle of the pleat and both edges. Voila – 2 pockets.
My parents are visiting this weekend, and they always love seeing what I’m working on. Mom fell in love with this bag and really, really wants it for Christmas, so I’ll have to start working on another one…