It started with a little linen something…maybe it originally went on the arm of a chair or sofa? I’m not sure. There was only one of these little linen rectangles with an eyelet border in granny’s box.
I imagined it as a little zipper pouch with red work on the sides. I had this swan pattern printed from someplace online…Flickr, I think. I traced it over carbon paper on either end of my linen -careful to make them opposite so when I cut and sewed it they’d be right side up.
I added a zipper and lined it in red. The red is so much smaller because I wanted to leave the eyelets outside like fringe. I sewed the red inside right sides together first, which is different then how I normally make bags so it felt strange. Then, with the red out of the way, I sewed the outer linen wrong sides together -inside the eyelet edging. I tucked the loose zipper ends in the top section of eyelet and sewed just that section closed for clean edges.
I like how it turned out, the linen is heavy enough it doesn’t really show the red inside. It’s simple, a little old-fashioned maybe…but pretty and useful and will work great for a little birthday gift. It’s one more small thing from granny’s box made new.
» As a little side note…I am soak-washing these items before I use them. My grandmother was from Florida and this box has been closed up for a very long time. Some of the pieces I will use have stains, brown spots, and a musty odor. I use my hand-washing soap called Soak (the same thing I use for washing my hand-knit items) plus Oxy-clean to whiten and release stains. I hang or lay everything in the sun to help bleach out stains as well. Sometimes it makes the pieces look new again, sometimes the stains don’t come out, and that’s ok with me.