I’ve been patting myself on the back this year for starting handmade gifts so early (famous last words). Here’s another one done over the Thanksgiving break: a Stowe Project Bag from Grainline, made up in a linen-cotton canvas from Japan (via eQuilter).

This is for Doc’s niece, who is a crocheter and brings her yarn along to family visits like I do. But she just carries her yarn and project out in the open (!). She also loves penguins so when I saw this fabric it all came together.

Sure, she may not use it, but it shows some thought and didn’t come from a sweatshop (well, I am my own sweatshop, but I’m a willing participant). She can always carry her lunch in it and I had a good time for a few hours.