I finished putting this totebag together yesterday. I'm pretty pleased.
You could say that in one way its been a WIP for four years.
The patchwork squares came from left overs from a quilt that I completed in 2011. They have been languishing since then because I never had a good idea what to do with them.
It started when I wanted to try this stitch out on something before I committed it to a quilt. So I started with the bottom of a bag, and things just evolved from there.
All the pieces laid out, ready and waiting. I didn't use a pattern, just made it up as I went along. It is just a basic tote bag with boxed corners.
I did two layers of Pellon Cotton for the bottom and sides. I wanted some body, but didn't want to go so far as stiff interfacing. I also wanted to use what I had on hand.
Took it outside for pictures in our fresh snow layer. And now the temperature is supposed to drop low, again.
Needs some de-fuzzing!
I even put a pocket and key holder in it. More for looks, I usually don't use them. The lining is a lightweight cotton. A wise woman told me that bags should be lined with light color fabrics so you can find your stuff. Same woman gave me the white fabric. I was afraid it might show the quilting lines, but so far its OK.
I got the D rings in part of a great bunch of loot from a local thrift store! Yay for inexpensive notions. If I had needed bias tape it would have been the jack pot.
5.5" x 11.5" x 12.5" Straps are 31". I really like long straps to go over my shoulders.
Fabrics: batiks and plain black
Quilted with red and black Aurifil
Two layers of Pellon Cotton batting.
Nice finish Rachel. Isn't it fun to wrap up an old project?
Cute tote. How do you do the defuzzing? I find that this always happens when quilting a dark fabric the batting wants to come through. thank you for the tutorial. Mary firstname.lastname@example.org
This is the perfect size and shape for a bag! Great project. =)
Rachel, I really like the way this tote came out. The quilting is really, really nice.
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