A little bit of doodling lead to the creation of the rather cute little catfish.
Adjusting the size with the printer to the pattern I made some keyrings from leopard print felt (what else could I use for catfish?) http://folksy.com/items/4217686-Keyring-CATFISH
The keyrings were so sweet I thought the same pattern would look lovely as an applique on tote bags.
I have some lovely floral fabrics that I feel will work well. The first bag I used a red cotton with yellow spots, and I have started a couple more with this vintage check fabric.
Part finished bags - hand stitched faces and the applique done in black by machine. To highlight the design,
The completed bags have cotton handles with sweet mini heart button detail. There is a useful back pocket with a button fastening. And like the keyrings the catfish on the bags have a lucky fin which gives a 3D effect.
Bright sunshine colours to banish the winter blues.