I made Fred a bookbag in the fall from this pattern from Made by Rae. It gave me confidence in my sewing- it was just hard enough, but not impossible and he really loves it. He came with me to pick out the fabric- we chose a scaly (not kidding) silver denim with green trim- sort of super hero inspired- like a jet pack or skin or something.
I think I am done doing roses. This group is going to Bee Home and Garden in Chicago and then I am pretty sure I won't be doing them anymore, or at least for awhile. I dye the material by hand (a pain) and the ribbon I use is always old, so I have trouble finding it. And after doing these for 6+ years now, I don't feel like they fit with everything else I make anymore. On to new things.