Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Not an Easter basket

This year my little nieces will be getting their goodies in Easter purses.

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Very pale sage green canvas + spring green gingham lining + rosy pink stitching.

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Square bottomed bag just like this one. No pattern, but the pieces were 8.5 x 11" (I cut around a piece of letter paper) and the gussets were three inches deep. The strap is just a long piece of each fabric, right sides sewn together, turned inside out and pressed.

I hope they're a hit. Now I just have to figure out what to put inside them. Any bright ideas? I'm thinking headbands, little gingham pouches for candy, colored pencils and silly putty. I like the classics.

34 comments:

  1. what a fabulous idea...i love them.
    love the color combo
    lucky little nieces!

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  2. So cute! It can be used all year round =) They might like coloring books, stickers and hair ties, too.

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  3. such lucky girls! maybe a glass jar filled with colorful gum balls and/or jelly bellies?

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  4. Sooo cute! I love that stitching on the handle, too! I'm a big fan of coloring books -- um, even now -- maybe there's some mini ones? Regardless, they'll love their goody purses!

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  5. oh, so so brilliant! I feel like I say that about your creations a lot--but it is always true:)

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  6. my family has a tradition of getting a book in your Easter basket. This is a fun way to customize the basket (based on age) and to encourage reading. Add a cute "this book belongs to" placard inside.

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  7. Rachel very cute! It would be fun to put one of your note pads in there too and some plastic eggs filled with some little treasures or coins. I can for sure see this little Easter tote filled to the brim with fun stuff.

    Talking about nieces, my niece loved your idea about the headband. She told she has the same problem keeping them in her hair. She was excited with yours. I knew she would- thanks!

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  8. Oh my God, will you be my aunt? Mine gave me a horrible olive green biker hat for Christmas and I'm still scared.

    What about bubbles? And crystal tattoos? Stickers?

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  9. That's so sweet, very lucky kids!

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  10. Your nieces are lucky gals. This is adorable, and WHO doesn't love silly putty?

    Seriously.

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  11. The easter purse is great!! And I think you are spot on with the fillings. . . bubbles would be fun too with a pretty label around the bottle.

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  12. absolutely adorable!
    lip smackers gloss & chapsticks were always an easter basket staple at our house.

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  13. So cute!! I wish I had something this useful and adorable when I was a girl.

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  14. They will be a hit! I guarantee, and they'll love them for years :) How special! You can add little jellies or jacks in there :)

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  15. So cute! Fill it with nail polish, butterfly stickers, lip smackers... btw, pizza party was a hit!

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  16. Such a sweet design, your nieces will love them. Even more if they come loaded up with Cadbury Cream Eggs! :)

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  17. Holidays like Easter are one of the main reasons why i can't wait to have kids (cause you know, the whole unconditional love thing isn't enough.) It's just so much more fun to hunt for eggs when you're six than it is when you're 26!

    of course that doesn't stop me from stalking the pastel candy aisle at walgreens this time of year...

    p.s. these bags ROCK!

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  18. what a great idea! these are the sweetest :)

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  19. Lucky little girls~ very sweet bags. What a terrific auntie!

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  20. Rachel - you've outdone yourself again! Such a cute idea! Much cuter than a basket and more useful too.

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  21. that color combo really is great. they look so nice and sturdy, too - is that all shaping, or did you starch the canvas as well?

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  22. i always loved sidewalk chalk in the spring... they're beautiful little bags!

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  23. This is such a cute idea, your nieces are so lucky! I love the idea of the glass jar filled with jellybeans too :)

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  24. always silly putty and bubbles ... peeps and a hollow bunny. jelly beans in tulle bundles and crayons bundled with ribbon - rolled with a new coloring book. hair ribbons tied to the handles.

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  25. Are these ever sweet! And they'll be able to use them for years to come. Really lovely.

    Have you considered making homemade candy, like lemon drops?

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  26. love love love...

    i wish i could sew.

    i love the idea of homemade candy. also bubbles would be perfect.

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  27. You guys have the best ideas! I'm printing out your comments and taking them to the store with me tonight when I go shopping for goodies. Thanks!

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  28. Oh, and Lauren - I didn't use any starch or interfacing. The canvas-y fabric on the outside is nice and thick, and between that and the gussets, it seems to be holding it's shape on it's own.

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  29. Rachel, I don't know where you have the energy to be so creative all the time! I'm very impressed indeed - I'm sure you will pick out the perfect gifts for them.

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  30. Oh so lovely! I'm thinking...headbands, bubbles, stickers and of course a chocolate bunny! I'm sure your neices will love the gifts from their wonderfully creative aunt!

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