I was lucky enough to be included in a little gift exchange with my friends this year. Gosh, I can’t tell you how awesome it is to have a group of friends that like doing the same things as you. I’ve definitely missed that connection since my college days and this group of friends really makes me so happy. I hope I don’t sound like I’m bragging, but I feel super lucky.
So for my main item, I gifted my friend Jacey a green waxed canvas tote! It makes me so happy to make these! I used my own pattern (that you can find in the FAUNA issue of Making, grab a copy here or check your local yarn or quilt shop) and just loved every second of stitching this one up. The waxed canvas is so fun to work with (and I’ve got a new pattern coming up next weeks that uses some, I think you’re going to love it!!!!) and I love the results. I’ve been getting all my waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy, and I have to admit I’ve really stocked up on all the colors, they’re so good! I love the durability and the rugged broken-in look, plus the smell is just amazing – beeswax!
The lining was one I’ve hoarded for too long. It’s a chambray by Robert Kaufman which I love so much! And topped it off with some leather handles (it’s not a color I carry at the moment, but cinnamon is very similar) attached with rivets.
Pattern: Wax + Wool Tote (found in the Making: FAUNA issue,
coming as a separate PDF to my shop in the early spring)
Fabric: waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles, Robert Kaufman Cotton Dots chambray in Indigo
Leather Handles: from my shop (I have all colors back in stock now!! yay!)
Rivets: Minkus Margo