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Tonight I finished making a friend’s birthday present.  It’ll be her birthday next month, but I’ll be seeing her at the weekend, which gave me the impetus to finish.

She is heavily pregnant, so I hope the bag below will come in handy for carting around baby paraphernalia in the coming months.

I bought the fabric in the ‘Tomato’ shop in Tokyo’s fabric town earlier this year.  I found directions from this site incredibly helpful, when I made a quick dash before catching a shinkansen/ bullet train up north. (ありがとうif Rin the author of that site reads this!)  My friend had asked me for some Japanese fabric- I think – and the lining came from fabric I’d bought in Bristol (Bedminster, a lovely fabric shop I stumbled across once when I was there for work), which I saw and bought with the same friend in mind.  (Apologies for the slightly wonky photos below.)

The bag gets the name in the title from the Whole Foods bag I saw in Chicago, referenced this previous blog post.  I liked the idea of the double handle option to carry or sling over your shoulder.

As you can see, I’ve put a little pocket inside.   This is the first time I’ve made a lined bag using the ‘French seam’ method.  Surprisingly easy!  Bye for now.