After the dust of Black Friday has settled, I'm super psyched to reclaim this Friday as Free Pattern Friday! That has a much better ring to it, huh?
I've been wanting to release a free pattern for a while (and plan to release more in the future) and decided sooner was better than later. I wanted to give something to you all for the holidays. So without further ado, a fun little free project just in time for holiday gift giving: The Townhouse Bag
Townhouse is a bag in two sizes. Originally, I designed it to be a reusable gift bag, but after making up samples I found myself wanting to add a shoulder strap or store my yarn inside. It closes with a drawstring to keep contents hidden and provide a handy way to carry it (though you can add a handle if you like)
Make it up in fun holiday prints or textured solids. The drawstring is a great excuse to use up all that colorful ribbon you've been stashing. For a bit of whimsy, add the door and windows applique and maybe even some house number embroidery. The doors & windows can be left open at the top to house small presents, gift cards, notes, and more.
In the same way that a handmade gift conveys to its recipient the amount of work and skill involved in its making, perhaps this handmade bag to house a gift will encourage us to think about the idea of gifting and how to give more thoughtfully. Plus, instead of throwing away loads of paper and plastic, they'll have a beautiful bag to re-use for all sorts of things.
And just because I'm sharing this pattern with you as a gift bag, doesn't mean it wouldn't be a great way to house non-gift things like knitting projects, toys, lingerie, shoes, produce, whatever. Fill it with fabric scraps and use as a stuffed toy or pillow. Enjoy it!