Thursday, May 19, 2011

Princess Abby Bag

I needed to wrap a gift for a sweet baby's first birthday. Wrapping paper? Gift bag? Naw....I almost never use 'em! I like to wrap my gifts in some sort of tote, pouch, small quilt, or table runner that I've created. So much more fun and hopefully something the receiver can enjoy, or regift as a wrapping for something else. I had previously used a bit of the Mendocino "swimming fish" fabric in a burp cloth I made baby Abby, and her mom told me she is fascinated by the fishies. So I knew that would need to have a starring role in the bag for sure, along with some "goldfish in a bag" I had. I also had some Far, Far Away Princess & The Pea fabric and since Abby is quite often referred to as "Princess," that had to be in the mix as well. Actually, I just pulled out what I call my "$100 Fabric Baggie" which is a gallon ziploc bag of special fabrics, some of which are bits and pieces I paid quite a "Princessly Sum" for in Etsy shops ;-) I won't tell you how long it took me to choose the fabrics for this bag, but it was DAYS.....  I really had no plan, other than to use some of the special fabrics and to further personalize the tote using printable fabric sheets.
Here's the other side.

Princess Abby's grandma and I usually call her "Missy" so I used the printable fabric to add "Princess Abby (also known as Missy)" to the Princess & The Pea block. Remember I said I had no plan? That's probably why I wound up putting the word strip running up and down the bag instead of across, but it works ;-) Heck, the kid can't read yet anyways!

 I used both types of fishies on one side: "Fishies!"    Oops! The goldfish-in-a-bag is covered up by the handles, but trust me, it's there!

And "More Fishies!" on the other. Her dad is an avid fisher, so fish and fishing features prominently in their household.
I decided Princess Abby "hearts" camping - mostly because I had some of the cute Camper Van fabric, but also because her grandma HATES camping - I'm just a little evil that way ;-) (But really, her grandma is my very, very good friend and I love her dearly.)

Some puppy dog fabric had to go in there too, because Princess Abby loves her BIG puppy dog, Ruby, and her great-grandma's little puppy dog, Monty. Abby and Monty chase each other around til they both pretty much fall asleep in their tracks.

I wish I had thought to take a picture of Princess Abby WITH the bag, but I didn't. Here's a picture of the Birthday Girl. Happy Birthday, Princess Abby! Oh and don't look now, but you have cake on your face ;-)


Crazy Amy said...

I'm not sure, but I think that baby girl is the cutest think ever! Love the bag too :)

Aunt Pitty Pat's Fun said...

Both Items in your post are adorable.. the baby is so darn cute.. and the tote over the top cute.... this post needs a warning on it that says If Diabetic don't read!!! Cute and sweet over load for sure!!! Hey I think I know those fishies!! :)

Kristy said...

This bag is STUNNING!!!! Did you use a pattern or what this something you just came up with? I love it!