When I come back from America each time, my suitcases are filled to maximum capacity with some of my things that I’ve saved and moved and stored away. Tranferring my wardrobe filled my suitcases the first few years that I was traveling back and forth. Now that my clothes, shoes and favorite bags have made the long journey from Nebraska to the Amalfi Coast, I’m down to bringing over some really fun things – music, favorite decorations and craft projects. This last time I brought with me a few large ziplock bags stuffed full of the collection of “fat quarters” I collected during my years quilting. (On my next trip my mostly completed quilt will come back with me so I can finish it!) It feels good to finally have my sewing bag and favorite craft tools and fabrics for inspiration. It’s really true that the little things in life can bring so much joy!
My first project was to line a pretty beach basket that I bought in Positano at the end of last summer. After three summers of beach duty, my previous bag broke last year. I was in Positano last summer at the end of August for an afternoon, and after a quick swim I walked through some of the shops near the beach while waiting for the ferry back to Amalfi. I noticed some beach baskets lined up, and I liked the smaller size and the short handles on one of them in particular. I like a small beach bag since I’m the type that fills any bag to maximum capacity. The small size and the comfortable short handles means that I won’t end up hauling around a heavy bag on my shoulders all summer. There was just one problem I discovered once I got the bag home. Certain places inside the basket snagged my beach towel. It needed a lining! Following the general idea of a basket liner pattern over at Make It and Love It, I put some of those fabric scraps to good use.
Puffy, of course, was a great helper. Not so much with the sewing, but at least with keeping me laughing while I was hand sewing the longer seams. Here’s a detail of the finished lining:
Here’s the basket with a new pair of flip flops (thanks, Mary!) and a pareo that I found on sale in Positano last October for €5 that matches my brown and white polka dot swimsuit. Now I’m ready for the nice beach days ahead!