This was SUCH a fun swap. There were no requirements for what we should make, just that it be handmade, strawberry themed, and something that your partner would like (of course!)
At first I didn’t know what to do. There are just so many options for things to make! And then I had a problem finding strawberry fabrics that I liked (without having to buy lots of yardage). I had some of the Heather Ross Briar Rose strawberries and some charms of other fabrics that worked with the strawberry theme, so I just decided to go with what was in my stash.
I STILL didn’t know what to make, though, until I saw one of my friends on Instagram was destashing these amazing strawberry purse handles:
I used the City Blooms Tote (free) pattern for the purse.
If I were to make this pattern again, I would use a lighter interfacing – the fusible fleece made it impossible to top stitch the top edge. I tacked the lining down near the snaps just to hold everything in place and that seemed like enough, but I really wish I could have managed that top stitching! I love the pleats, I love the shape, I love the fabrics, I pretty much love everything about this bag!
I also made a small wallet with a keychain loop to match the purse. I had a little argument with the snap, but in the end it turned out super cute too. That (also free) pattern came from Craftsy: Mini Scrap Wallet
I crocheted a couple of strawberries too and filled the bag with strawberry treats, mostly from World Market, wrapped it all up, and sent it on its way. Guess what? She loves it!