And I'm very happy to say that I didn't have to resort to any of my threats to get it finished!
Unfortunately the camera isn't doing me many favours - the colours are much deeper compared to these photos, but you can kind of get the feel of it I hope.
It all started with a pillowcase I found in a charity shop. First I fell in love with the colour (so rich!), and then with the price (an irresistibly cheap 50p!)
The flowers are made from the contrasting parts of the same pillowcase. I used this brilliant tutorial for the roses, and doodled my own for the tulip. The stitching could have been neater on the roses, but I think this was before I had the lil sewing machine to help.
I love LOVE LOVE the lining material. Another charity shop find, it's cut from a nightgown which cost around £2, and there's still loads leftover for other little projects :D
But the bit I'm most proud of is the handles... I'd been agonizing for weeks about what to make them from. I didn't have enough of the original pillowcase fabric left, and the idea had been to make this an entirely upcycled bag... but then along came a real eureka moment:
...the underwires of a spectacularly bad bra! Of course! I cannot even begin to tell you how much fun it was taking a razor blade to such an uncomfortable monstrosity. Excellent therapy!
The metal on its own would have been a bit obtrusive, so I covered them using the same crochet cotton as I used to embroider the flower stems, and they blend in perfectly.
It's far from being a perfect project - it was muddled together in such a haphazard, can-you-tell-what-it-is-yet? kind of way - but I like it. And with the granny stripe poking out the top? Well, that's just even better!