This year, I actually drew my son's name, but then I saw the most adorable Fish Purse on Make It and Love It...so I asked my husband if he would switch with me so that I could have my 8 year old daughter.
I went to the store and picked out all the fabrics (a very long and painful experience with my 4 year old in tow!). We were there for over 1 1/2 hours...the sale and my coupon were so great that I wanted to buy for all of my projects at the same time.
I had forgotten how much fun it is to sew and create something so cute and adorable. I cut out all the pieces one night while I watched a movie...then the sewing part took me about 2 hours.
Luckily, my sister got around to making her fish purse a few days before me, so she gave me her tips!
I am not going to copy all the instructions from Make It and Love It---if you want to make it, definitely click on that link and read it all through. It looks and sounds harder than it is!
The first tip is to CHAIN SEW all your scales. That means just feed them in one after the other...DON'T stop the machine, backstitch, and cut your threads. It goes so fast this way!!
This is what mine looked like once they were all sewn on their sections...
And now when it is all sewn together. I just kept getting more and more excited as I went along!!
This is probably the trickiest part of the instructions...just read them carefully so that your strap is in the right place when you try and turn it right side out after sewing on the inner lining.
I had a devil of a time getting my drawstrings to feed through...but it finally worked in the end! ; )
And it was so worth it!!
Hopefully my daughter loves it as much as I do!!