I'm consistently drawn to neutrals. I love white, natural and gray. But as this bitterly cold and dreary February has dragged on, I've needed some color. I stopped at Ikea on the way home from NYC last week. Roaming the aisles on my own was a first... I'd never been by myself! The combination of that leisurely pace and my penchant for bright popping colors led me directly to a pile of zippered rainbow shams. The pure happiness of those stripes made me pop one into my big blue Ikea bag- just because. It was a daring move... even if I have been craving colors. I suddenly understood one of my best friends love for rainbow colored fabric and yarn. And then realized it was for her. But not as a pillow. It would be a tote to carry her yarn or millions of books.
It already had a zipper at the top to take advantage of. I added two red straps. Then I boxed the corners with 4 inch seams. It was super fast and equally satisfying. Must have been those stripes of happy.
Set against our endless winter backdrop, it's a lovely bag of cheer! So, if you're seeking a fun and simple sew, look no further than a zippered sham to turn into an easy tote. Add rainbow stripes to get you through to spring... we're almost there!