A Surprise from Kayla

When Kayla was last home we were chatting about linens.  Kayla and I both have a deep love for stitched linens…DEEP.  There is something just heartwarming to me when I see stitched linens.  I don’t really know why.  Maybe it’s because I know how happy I am when I stitch and assume the person that stitched the linen likely felt the same way when they were stitching.  Whatever it is, I LOVE linens.

The problem, linens aren’t used as they used to be.  Yes, I know I could use linens…but my house just isn’t that style.

Then when I was watching Brenda and the Serial Starter I saw that they had ordered project bags from Deborah Harry.  She takes linens and turns them into project bags.  Hmm.  Now I was on the regular debate I do…is it better to keep the linens in a trunk for no one to see and appreciate or is it better to cut them and use them.  I decided to go with the cut them and use them theory.  I know, I know…there are good arguments on each side of the debate.

So…I started to collect some linens when I was at the thrift store thinking I would make some project bags.

Kayla was home.  We were chatting about linens.  I was telling her how I thought I would use the linens and make some project bags.  She thought it was a really cute idea.  She had linens and she thought about making some with me.

That was last summer.  Fast forward to a bit ago when Kayla was home.  I had some linens on the dining room table.  I had been to the thrift store and bought a few more.  She asked me if I had gotten around to making any project bags.  I said no…I still really wanted to.  I said I was still collecting linens (HA!!) but no bags were made.  I told her I should probably quit collecting linens because it looked like I wasn’t going to make any bags.  I showed Kayla my favorite linen of the bunch.  It was floral.  The work done on it was awesome.  I told her that I really wanted a bag using that one but would probably start with a different linen piece because I knew I wouldn’t be really good at making bags at first…but who was I kidding.  I likely wouldn’t get any bags made.

Kayla left…no project bags were made.  They were still just a dream I hadn’t brought to reality again.

Then maybe two weeks later a package came in the mail.  I looked at the outside.  It said it was from Deborah Harry.  At the moment all I could think of was the lead singer from the 80s singing group, Blonde.  Her name was Deborah Harry.

I opened the package…

Oh, my word…What a pretty package.  So cute and vintagey.  Wait, that lady that makes the project bags was Deborah Harry.  WHAT??

I quickly opened the package.  It was a project bag.  I didn’t order these.  Wait.  That was just like the linen piece that I showed Kayla that I wanted to make a project bag with.  Hmm.  Did Kayla snitch my linen and order these???

All the colors look so great together.  I love the rick rack.  Oh, cuteness!!

Check out the backing fabric…so cute.

There was another bag in the mix…Oh my word!  This was cute too!!  This linen I didn’t recognize.

I ended up calling Kayla on the phone.  I asked if she had a bag made for me.  She laughed and said yes!!  How sweet is that?  Kayla got two bags for me.  I just loved them.  The quality of workmanship was beyond amazing.  They are TOP NOTCH when it comes to workmanship.  I was so impressed.

I thanked Kayla, admired the two bags, and knew I’d likely never make a bag myself after seeing these.  Seriously, the workmanship is so good and I’d feel so crappy after making a bag myself as mine would never hold a candle to these.  WOW.  I LOVE THEM.

I admonished Kayla for spending too much money.  The bags aren’t cheap…and she got these for me.  I thanked her again and hung up the phone.

I went to get a cross-stitch project to put in the new bag. The phone rang.  It was one of the other kids.  I got sidetracked.  Karl came.  I went to show him the bags and told the story of how Kayla got the bags for me.

I picked up the bags to show them to Karl and under those bags was one more bag.  I think in my excitement of the first two bags, I didn’t notice this one.  AHH.  I love it.  Check this one out.

This one uses more of the linen that was mine.  SO CUTE!!  My linen was a big table runner that had stitching on each end and a smaller stitching on the sides.  This one is made with a side-stitched area.

Oh my.  I love it…LOTS.  Check out the added cute piece on the zipper pull.  WOW.  Each bag is completely unique. I love the print she used with the dragonflies.  OH MY.  What a perfect gift!!

Look how perfectly and pretty the inside is.  I LOVE it.

All the raw edges of the seams are hidden, clean, and very nice.

To say I am impressed is an understatement.  I am WOWED!!  How fun is it that my linen got snitched and made into a bag?  What a perfect gift!!

So…Let me tell you a little more about Deborah Harry the bag maker.  She does make bags like these.  Kayla couldn’t decide so she got me bags of different styles.

Because I know some of you will want to know I’m including the maker’s information here.  Deborah Harry has a Facebook Group.  You can find it HERE.  She makes bags for a few weeks, then she announces when her sale will be…then puts them on Etsy and opens her shop.  It’s a bit of a free for all and you have to act quickly to get a bag once her Etsy shop is open.  The bags are in high demand and I can see why when they are so cute and the workmanship is top notch.

Each bag has its own features that I like so I can’t really say which I recommend.  If you are a Q-snap user, I think you’d need a large bag.  The medium box bottom bag would not be the best for a larger flat paged chart.  You would need a chart that folds in half to fit into that bag.

WHOOT! WHOOT!  I was doing the happy dance.  The only problem now…I usually have about four projects going at once and I only have three nice project bags.  Hmm.  Do you suppose if I leave a pile of linens out the next time Kayla comes that she might snitch another linen??  Probably not.  I’ll have to keep my eyes open for the next sale.  At least now if I buy one, I know it’s high quality…and I know I’ll love it!