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Friday, March 22, 2013

Quilted Tote Bag: Finished!!

I mentioned my excitement for Sewing Summit last week and since then I have been thinking a lot about travel handmade.  The first project that came to mind was a tote bag.  I've been wanting to make a tote bag for awhile now, but I just never got around to it.  Tote bags are my favorite because you can use them for basically anything.  Every time I travel, I try to buy a new tote bag that will remind me of the trip.  So, I have quite a collection.  However, I did not have a quilted tote bag.  So I had to work on that...

Patchwork Tote Bag

I searched online and found this tutorial found on the Sew Mama Sew blog.  I used the tutorial more as a basic guideline for constructing the bag, so mine is not exactly like the tutorial.

Patchwork Tote Bag

One change I made is in the way that the patchwork panel is constructed.  I didn't want to make it out of two pieces and then sew it together because I didn't want the strong line across the bag.  So, I made one big piece and then quilted it.  Also, the handles are shorter.  Which I am so glad for because they are still plenty long.

Patchwork Tote Bag

Instead of making two patchwork panels, I used just one fat quarter for the back.  This is Parisville by Tula Pink and I've had this fabric for forever.  It's been hard for me to use it because the print is so large.  But I knew this would be perfect for the back of this bag!

Patchwork Tote Bag

I used this herringbone print from Madrona Road for the lining.

Patchwork Tote Bag

I also added a pocket!  It's nothing fancy, but it'll hold my keys or something else that's small.  This little pocket was left over from the Neighborhood Quilt I made with Modern Domestic.  I auditioned a lot of fabrics, but this one seemed just perfect to me!

So, this is a happy finish for Friday!  I think I'll take it to the library today for a test drive!

Currently Listening to: Warrior by Kimbra

10 comments:

  1. Love love love your bag!! That Parisville fabric is GORgeous---luscious colors...

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  2. Your bag turned out really well. Love that fabric on the back! I can see why you were saving it for just the right project.

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  3. Very cute! Love the patchwork!

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  4. Oh, I need to make one of these. THanks for the inspiration~

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  5. Won't it be nice when everyone can take pictures of their nice springy bright finishes NOT in the snow?! Your bag is very sharp and I personally LOVE the herringbone fabric inside. Great library bag!

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  6. Your tote turned out really pretty!

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  7. I love the colors, and the fabrics you used for the inside - love them. Nice bag!!

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  8. I LOVE it! Wish I wasn't going out today...otherwise I would make one myself!

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  9. Gorgeous bag! They are so much fun to make too. Love them!

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