Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Covert Robin Gift Exchange

I was lucky enough to get to be a part of The Covert Robin Gift Exchange for March! I think so far, I've gotten the BEST gift out there! I wish I had a picture of my face when I opened it. I was thrilled! Check it:

the covert robin button

pritty tings

Hi Chickadette readers, Kristin here from Australia.  I blog over at pritty tings and was assigned Ashley to make my (not so covert now) gift for!!!  As I hadn't come across Ashley's blog before I immediately checked her out.  Hmm what to make for Ashley??? After a week or so pondering this and checking out her posts and pinterest boards, I received some purse frames that I had ordered from Etsy and that was that, I was going to make her (my very first) framed clutch!  I used this U-Handbag - Straight Edge Purse Frame as a reference for making the clutch.  However I wanted a different shape to the one in the tutorial so I drew out my own pattern as the tutorial suggests, using the frame I had.

Once I had the template, I cut all the pieces I needed.
I used drill (yellow), fusible fleece (not suggested in tutorial but I added it for a bit of protection, iron on heavy woven interfacing (sew-in is suggested but I only had iron on and it worked) and a fabric placemat for the lining (blue and white patterned) they were already stiff so I didn't use a second lot of interfacing.
For the VW beetle, I just drew the VW picture onto some baking paper, re-drew over the pencil with permanent marker on top of paper (as you look at it now), marked where I wanted the beetle to sit with pins in the fabric then flipped it over and positioned the picture between the pins (marker side to the fabric).  I ironed the paper, this caused the image to be transferred to the back of the fabric so I had a guide to follow when stitching the beetle on.

Once I had it stitched on, I simply (or not so simply when it came to the tight corners) followed the tutorial to sew it up and glue it in to the frame.

So that's it, I hope you like your gift Ashley and thanks for having me on your blog.
Kindest regards


  1. That is fabulous! I love the VW on yellow! well done, off to follow you both!! Hurray for covert robins!

  2. I'm so jealous! :) Such a perfect gift for you Ashley. Great job Kristin!!

  3. Wow!! This is awesome!! :)

  4. that may be the coolest thing I've ever seen.

  5. Great job! That is absolutely gorgeous!

  6. Great post! the stitching is amazing!

  7. not even gonna lie... i am so jealous of this gift! awesome.

  8. what a great gift!! i'm so glad you both participated :) and now i want a vw bug embroidered purse too!

  9. Wow, that's gorgeous. I'm filled with jealousy!

  10. pssssssst... I nominated you... go check out my blog :) and grab your award!!


  11. Hi there!
    I love your pictures. Have you noticed that a ton of people are doing the Photo A Day Challenge! I am going to be posting my own photo a day challenge for May! Be sure and join in on the fun!!!! Make sure to email me your link so I can follow along with your fun picture taking!
    ...P.S. I just pinned this to my pinterest !

  12. I wanted to do this when you first wrote about it but I was scared I'd suck haha

    1. I feel like I totally bombed my gift! I just sent earrings... :/ Not nearly as cool as this!


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