A chum of mine has the big four-oh coming up in a week or two. She cycles a lot and I have never seen her with a handbag - instead she puts her stuff in a kids' nylon backpack - functional, but not beautiful!
So when I saw the little backpack pattern in Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing, I thought it would be right up her street. She's not into anything too fancy or girlie, so I chose an Amy Butler print, with a solid green background.
The instructions were easy to follow, but if I make it again, I want to add a lining for a slightly more polished look inside. Lotta seems a bit needlessly anti-lining to me. Perhaps she just wanted the patterns to be as simple as possible.
Anyway, I hope Kate likes it. I might even push the boat out and make her a matching tissue holder to go in it. Because show me a mother that doesn't travel with a wad of tissues at various stages of disintegration churning around in the depths of her bag. Time to share... what's the most shameful thing in your bag right now?