My mother-in-law, Granny to all who knew her, was an amazing woman. Everyone was welcome in the home she shared with my father-in-law Gramps. She was a woman of many talents, one of which was her sewing ability. As a product of the depression, she would use every scrap of fabric. Her 17 grandchildren were happy recipients of her creativity. I remember Granny telling us that her mother used to say that she could make a blouse out of a handkerchief.
One item she made over and over in various sizes was the “Granny bag” which is a modification of a duffle bag. The one pictured here she made from the left over pieces of corduroy that I used for a pair of toddler overalls (that toddler is now 35 years old). I currently use it to carry my small knitting projects.
In honor of Granny, my destash project on Monday was “Mamo’s version” of the Granny Bag. I modified her pattern by adding a lining and using fusible fleece on the round ends to add a bit more stability.
I used a scrap of red corduroy for the main body and a Michael Miller print for the ends, handle and lining. The metal zipper is vintage – pre 1980s.
Here is the final product. Like my mother-in-law I have made many of these in all sizes. (Please pardon the lighting in my photos).
What a great lady – I miss her everyday.
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