I love making small bags, but this week I ventured larger and made the Poolside tote from Anna Graham (aka Noodlehead). It is really big.
I used a plain light weight denim for the exterior and a coordinating floral denim for the accents. I used some random interfacing/batting I had in my closet, which is working well. The bag really holds its shape. I just wish I knew what it was.
I used pillow ticking for the lining. The bears are in the bag to help it hold its shape for the pictures.
Do you ever fall for a fabric, even if it doesn't go with anything you own?? That is me with this line of black/grey/yellow fabric. I am a blue girl. Everything I own is either blue or wants to be blue. But then I fell in love with a fabric that doesn't go with blue. I have had a blast sewing with it. . . and I am sure someone I know wears these colors. . . I shared about a bunch of the things I have made in this post: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422248.msg5011259#msg5011259
I scored some fabulous pink batik fabric with a cool shell fossil motif (what are these shells called??) from an older friend who was destashing. It was a find I couldn't pass up, so decided to combine this with a desire to try a new pattern. I chose Artsy-Crafsty Babe's free tutorial/pattern, the pleated tote to make this:
Here is an interior shot:
And an action shot:
I am really happy with how it turned out!! I may have to make more. . .
Inspired by a quilt I saw somewhere on Crafster awhile ago, I got out some of my unused jelly roll strips, and pieced together a super, duper simple quilt. This is by far the simplest quilt I have ever made, but I still really like it.
I used variegated thread throughout - pink on the pink strips, green on the green, purple on the purple, then I waited. What to do with the white parts? Mettler threads to the rescue- I found a light pink to white variegated thread that was just perfect for the white parts. Problem solved. You can kinda-sorta see the variegations on the back:
I LOVE the Phoebe bag (see: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415264.0#axzz2QXx6Jzto , http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=418643.msg4955389#msg4955389 ) . . . but did you know that Artsy Crafty Babe had a bigger version, named the "Ruby." I didn't either. . . until now. The Ruby is not only bigger, but it includes two variations. It is a big bag and uses a lot of fabric. . . I usually use smallish bags, and I usually buy small pieces of fabric. What's a girl to do? Well I cut up my old couch cover (It had worn thin in the middle, but the sides were still in great shape), and I came up with: . I love the texture of the fabric - it looks great without any embellishment. For the inside, I used left over fabric from a quilt I made: . The pocket is made from the rounded part of the lining that I cut out.
I am in love with the Phoebe bag (free at: http://artsycraftybabe.typepad.com/tutorials/phoebe_bag.pdf ) AND I love re-purposing old clothes. This time I used a Creepy Carnival t-shirt from Shirt Woot.com. The color is WAY off in the picture, but you can see the wavy, vine-like quilting at least.
I quilted the back to look like cut wood. Again, the color is way off.
The color is more accurate in this picture. It was lots of fun to make.