Tuesday, September 18, 2012

If Tobias Funké had a drawstring bag...

I don't know if it would actually say this, but it sure would be this fancy. Maybe it would say this, and maybe he would use it to keep his make up handy for blue man group auditions. 

If you don't know what I'm talking about, I would be nice and try to explain it but... it would become one of those things where your friend is telling you about some show/movie/lifetime madefortvmovie they love and it involves a lot of character backstory, and they do such a good job at it that for a second you think the story is going to payoff. But then it doesn't. Never does. 

Anyway, it's Arrested Development and you can at least watch the ten second clip

I made this as a birthday gift for my boss at Sewn Studio, a fellow AD fan. I actually introduced her to the gospel of Arrested Development, so yeah. I'm pretty much her favorite now. It didn't dawn on me that I should make this exact thing until the day before her birthday, but it really wouldn't be as fun any other way.

I used Jeni's great drawstring bag tutorial. Whenever I make one of these I immediately want to make one for everyone I know. Then that never happens. I think next time I'll make it a Carl Weathers quote, "Baby, you got yourself a stew!" complete with embroidered hambone. Is this the beginning of a completely unreasonable series of AD themed bags? I would like that.

I'm not so much with the embroidery, but I'd like to practice more. This I just wrote on the fabric and then backstitched over. Then after I pieced everything together I added a scrap of batting under the exterior part of the bag and did some random hand quilting. Then my hand got bit off by a loose seal.


  1. Best show ever!! Love the bag.

  2. Jessica, yours is the only crafty blog that I read and then say to my husband, "Hey, Honey, you HAVE to see this!" FYI, we still bring up the Drive jacket occasionally.

  3. This is fantastic! I want to make one for myself that says, "Aw, you just made me ink!" ;)

  4. Do you hear yourself? Maybe you should record yourself and listen to it. Love it!

  5. If I would have read this blog post 2 weeks ago, the Tobias reference would have gone striaght over my head. My husband and I just started watching AD, and have been devouring a few shows each night. Will Arnett is too funny, and my old crush on Jason Bateman has come back full force. Last night's episode was when Tobias was acting like a cat, trying to sneak around julia Louis-Dreyfus' apartment, coming in through the dog door. Does anyone know why the show only lasted for 3 seasons? I heard the 4th season is being shot now, so many years later. Let's hope they keep shooting a 5th season as well... :)

  6. Yes, you should definitely make a stew bag next!!! Oh, classic. or you could make a Lucille withholding bag!!

  7. Army had half a day.
    These are my awards, Mother. From Army. The seal is for marksmanship and the gorilla is for sand racing.

    Oh and...
    Everyone's laughing, and riding, and cornholing except Buster.

    And finally...

    love the bag!! it's fantab.

  8. Best show ever!!!!! Love your bag and thanks for the laugh! :)

  9. get me a vodka rocks.
    mom, its breakfast.
    and a piece of toast.

    this is perfect! xo

  10. this is awesome. you're gonna get some hop ons.

  11. what a ridiculous idea! I do hope you decide to move forward with your series of bags. personally, I think quirky humor and craftiness are soulmates. this artist did several amazing hand embroidered pieces of AD charachters which I think you will like. http://365luckydays.blogspot.com/search/label/Arrested%20Development

    thanks for the post!

  12. your hand got bit!? Oh God......you're a MONSTER!

  13. Just saw this and immediately thought of you: http://society6.com/product/And-thats-why-you-always-leave-a-note_Stretched-Canvas?tag=typography

  14. I love this bag! It makes me want to watch AD all over again, it's been so many years!


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