Friday, May 30, 2014

Grab 'N Go Tote Finish

 I made the Grab 'N Go Tote out of Gudrun Erla's book Fast & Furious Family.  I had bought the book specifically for this project.  It is a great big bag!
 Good for carrying around babies.
 I am pretty pleased with the results, although about half way through I informed Mr. Riley that "I will finish this one, but I don't think I'll ever make a second."  Now that I'm done and had some time to think about it, all my frustration was with the interfacing.  The pattern calls for Craf-Tex Lite.  I went and bought Pel-Tex because I didn't have a local source for Craf-Tex.  The Pel-Tex was not as wide as needed for the bag, so I had to piece it.  Then the instructions tell you to spray baste it to the lining.  It just didn't want to stick, so things kept getting shifted around a bit as I 'quilted'.  IF there is a next time, I will buy a fusible interfacing.

 This is a shot of how the bag looks before assembly.  It is essentially 'quilt as you go', so after the seams are sewn all you have to do is put a binding on the edge.

 The bottom is laminated, which I did myself with some iron on vinyl.  The squares were batik charms from Connecting Threads, the blue is probably a Hoffman Batik.  The only thing I had to purchase to make this was the interfacing.

 Those opposing teeth just kill me.
 Linking with Crazy Mom Quilts


Lisa said...

What a lovely thing to find in a great tote!

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

She's having way too much fun in that beautiful big bag.

Unknown said...

Looks like it will be super helpful for toy collection and clean up. Very nice bag.

Vicki said...

What a fantastic bag! The size is wonderful. Such a cutie pie. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah said...

I think it would be a great beach bag - maybe a pool bag or lake bag for you?! Fit in all the towels, sunscreen snacks drinks etc that we take to the beach for the afternoon.