My mom knows the drill: Mother’s Day is the “homemade” holiday, and therefore, Mother’s Day gifts come from my craft room (whereas her birthday, one month later, is the “Amazon” holiday… LOL). Previous Mother’s Day gifts included a jewelry roll and a nail polish tote.
This past year, my mom has really embraced the “adult coloring” craze – aka, the trend where adults get high-quality coloring books with really intricate designs, using colored pencils or gel pens to meticulously fill the page with color. Her coloring book collection has grown exponentially throughout the year and I’ve had fun sitting at her kitchen table coloring with her whenever I visit my parents. My mom even started a coloring group where a bunch of ladies get together and color and talk about life a few times a month.
But I’ve got to hand it to my mom – her coloring skills are top-notch, and she has much more patience for the intricate designs that I do (I usually abandon my coloring page a quarter of the way into it). Even though my mom claims not to be creative, crafty or artsy – she’s always been a rock star when it comes to coloring. Whether it was a school project or a children’s menu in a restaurant, I remember watching her and thinking, “WOW. Moms are so good at coloring.” Turns out, it’s not all moms that are good at coloring. Just my mom!
Here are a few of her finished works of art…
Given my mom’s love of coloring, this year’s Mother’s Day gift was a tote bag (possibly for toting her coloring books!) made with coloring-book-esque fabric… and of course, paired with fabric markers so the bag can be COLORED!
The “coloring book” fabric is My Little Garden by Olivia Henry on Spoonflower (fun fact, this fabric is also available as WALLPAPER you guys – how rad is that!?) and the tote bag pattern is the Outta Time Tote by Dog Under My Desk. I have written about Dog Under My Desk patterns many times in the past and I really can’t gush about them enough. They’re the best bag patterns I’ve ever worked with and worth every penny.
I used black zippers (which killed me, because you know how much I love bright-colored zippers – but it was the right decision) and lined the bag with a generic black and white leafy print.
I anticipated my mom would open the gift and immediately say, “I can’t color this bag! It’s too nice! I’ll ruin it!” Therefore, I also made this zipper pouch with leftover fabric so she could “test” the fabric markers and her coloring skills.
Turns out, my mom’s reaction went exactly as planned, so the add-on was a good call. Plus, she really loves having the extra zipper pouch for carrying her colored pencils to her coloring group.
Another Mother’s Day, aka Homemade Holiday, on the books! Till next year…
P.S. – For other completed Dog Under My Desk projects, check out my previous posts:
- Zip and Go for mom
- Zip and Go for Sarah
- Zip and Go bag for myself
- Earbud zipper pouch
- Quick and easy zipper pouch
3 thoughts on “Mother’s Day: I passed with flying colors”
Such a great gift, Lindsay! I didn’t know your mom started the coloring book group. I’ve heard about them… usually when someone sees me coloring my fabric I’m asked if I know about the coloring book group. (I color first; sew later.) Your mother does beautiful work! It’s certain that you made the perfect Mother’s Day gift for her. Hope she decided to color both pieces. By the way, I’m a big fan of Dog Under My Desk patterns too! I’ve made several of The Essential Wristlet pattern. Fabulous.
Thank you Linda! My mom started the coloring group that meets on Wednesday nights. She is still on the fence about coloring the gifts but has been testing on scraps and will likely color some “accent” shapes on both. Your skirt sounds so fun – can’t wait to see it!
I’m in a Mah Jongg group and sometimes we color before or after playing. Your mother is talented and she must have passed those talents to you. 🙂