On the 3rd Disney Adventures (on ravelry) started a mini challenge (a 10 day crafting challenge). We needed to make something inspired by Pixar's short film "For The Birds." You can click on the link to watch the film. I went through a bunch of patterns when I saw a free pattern for a fat bag. I thought that the bag's pleats looked a little like feathers draping from a bird's chest. I grabbed a large skein of blue cotton yarn from my stash and started making it right away. I forgot to photograph it, but I also used some blue and white fabric from my stash to line it. I lined it before I crochet the top ban and the handles (which is what the pattern recommends).
Just to make sure that this bag screamed "For The Birds" in my submission I crochet 2 bird appliques. I love that their wings are hearts, so I call them my blue love birds. I then sewed one to each side of the bag. They really finished the bag nicely. Here is the free pattern for the birds.
I used about 500 yards to make this bag (I'm guessing based on the amount of yarn leftover). After making it, I now want to make one using softer yarn. I wonder how it would look with bulky yarn.
Now I've earned my first badge of the year.