Commission for Tom

April 13, 2011


The combination of fabrics before piecing.

This was a super exciting project to do for a couple of reasons…

  1. Tom is my first ever customer commission via etsy.
  2. It was the first commission I have made using a mix of fabrics (not ties) given to me from the client and fabrics I found to go with it. This was a little scary at first, because you just never know what the reclaim world is going to have for you at any given time… let alone to a deadline.
  3. Although I haven’t met Tom, we have emailed often through the process of the bag making, and he was always really encouraging and full of energy.
  4. The bag is for his wife Ciara for their second wedding anniversary, the theme cotton…. and it is a surprise! Sweet.

What’s not to like?

Here’s the finished bag…..


Made from authentic Scottish tartan and reclaimed ties.


Owl brooch close-up.

Inside. Owl fabric from Tom. Pocket made from reclaimed cargo pants.

Bottom with gorgeous green shank buttons.


I included 2 owls as a surprise. One for each of them on their 2nd anniversary.


2 Responses to “Commission for Tom”

  1. Stephanie said

    What an absolute surprise it will be. I am assuming the fabrics are things that are special or have memories attached to them!! Either way you did a great job!! You always do!!

    xo Steph

    • allysonadeney said

      Thanks Steph.
      Yeah the tartan was bought last year while they were in Scotland on their first anniversary I think.
      The owls were because she loves them.

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