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1  CHAMBRAY SHIRT>>>TOTE BAG in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karentopaz on: March 21, 2009 01:38:08 PM
I bought this chambray shirt a couple of years ago because I loved the design on the back, even though I'm not a golfer.  It was too small for me so I decided to reconstruct it into a tote bag.

The back of the shirt became the front of the tote bag:

The front of the shirt became the back of the tote bag.  I kept the buttonholes and buttons intact but stitched the placket closed.  The phrase on the pocket is: "The ever eccentric golfer always plays to win."
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2  Re: Recycled Bucket Tote (Lined Tote on Page 3) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karentopaz on: February 14, 2009 02:32:29 PM
This is a great tote!!  I am really inspired by it.  I will have to find someone who drinks coffee to give me one of these...hehehe
Franstuff, I'm glad you find the tote inspiring.  If you decide to make one, I'd love to see a picture of it.

I must admit I'm obsessed with making them.  This is one I made for my husband as part of his Valentine's Day gift.  He won't wear red but he likes green, which is perfect since green is supposedly "the new color of love."  I already had the green quilted fabric in my stash and I also gave him a green sweatshirt. 

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3  RED, BLACK, GRAY & WHITE SWEATER INTO CARDIGAN in Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects by karentopaz on: February 14, 2009 02:11:28 PM
I found this cute sweater in my favorite color combination: red, black, gray & white.  Unfortunately, it was a pullover---not my favorite style.  To make it wearable, I decided to change it into a cardigan.  I removed the original collar then cut the sweater down the middle, all the while hoping and praying it wouldn't start to unravel.  I created the front facings and neck binding with some black knit fabric from my stash.

Here are the befores and afters, inspired by http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=291116.0

FRONT:

BACK:

COMPLETED CARDIGAN:

WITH BLACK DRESS: 
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4  BABY QUILT & TOTE BAG in Quilting: Completed Projects by karentopaz on: February 12, 2009 04:31:30 PM
This quilt was made for a co-worker who is expecting a baby in March.  I also made a tote bag which uses some of the same fabrics in the quilt.

I'm really aggravated that there's a fabric flaw smack dab in the middle of the quilt that I didn't see until I was finishing the binding.





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5  T-SHIRT TOTE BAGS & BACKPACK in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karentopaz on: February 07, 2009 10:47:48 AM
These T-Shirt bags are lined with quilter's cotton and have two inside pockets.  I didn't put pockets on the outside to avoid covering up the t-shirt design.
 

   

 

Hope you like them...comments are welcome.
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6  Re: Recycled Bucket Tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karentopaz on: January 25, 2009 12:38:45 PM
Eliea and Abssinth, I like both your ideas for the lining.  Unfortunately, I don't have the necessary supplies and it's too cold to go out today.  I try to hibernate as much as possible on the days I don't have to go to work.

So, I tried to come up with something that wouldn't require snaps or velcro or zippers since I don't have any.  Here's what I came up with:
Cut a piece of fabric the width of the container and twice the length.  Sew into tube (the fit should be as snug as possible), stitch across the bottom, then miter the corners.  Finish the top edge.

  Turn tube wrong side out then place in container.

  Pull top of tube down the outside of the container.  May require some effort since the tube needs to fit snugly.

Inside of lined container.  Bottom is left uncovered.

  Place lined container inside bag.  If the lining is snug enough, it should stay in place while the bag is being pulled up.

  Finished lined bucket tote.
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7  I'm Feeling Really Patriotic in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karentopaz on: January 19, 2009 05:19:47 PM
I'm really excited about the inauguration tomorrow and want to show my patriotism.  I haven't decided which of these bags I'll take to work.

The first bag is made from quilted place mats that I found at my local thrift store several months ago.  I got the handles there as well.  This one went together pretty quickly and I actually started and finished it today.  On to the photos:




My 2nd option is this red, white & blue messenger bag that I made last summer.  It's constructed of 70's neckties and I've also randomly stitched on some of the labels.  There are two inside pockets and the strap is from one of my work bags.
FRONT FLAP
FRONT
BACK
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8  Recycled Bucket Tote (Lined Tote on Page 3) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karentopaz on: January 19, 2009 10:51:31 AM
One of my co-workers asked me if I had any use for the plastic coffee containers that we've accumulated over the past few months.  It seemed a shame to throw them away so I decided to bring a couple of them home and this is what I came up with:
  This is a Folger's 52 oz. coffee container.

  These are some foundation pieced crazy quilt blocks that I made using necktie scraps from other projects.

  I measured the bottom of the coffee container and the circumference to determine the size of the tote bag.

The brown/turquoise linen drawstring top is made from leftover scraps from a skirt that I made about 3 years ago.

  Finally, I added a strap out of the brown/turquoise linen.

I really like the way the tote turned out.  Please let me know what you think.
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9  Red & Green String-Pieced Christmas Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by karentopaz on: January 17, 2009 10:36:07 AM
When I began this project, I was intending to make quilted place mats for Christmas presents.  But I fell in love with the individual blocks and decided to join them together for a quilt that I would keep for myself.  The finished quilt is 78 inches wide and 94 inches long.
                                                 
Not all of the fabrics are Christmas prints.  I just used whatever red and green fabrics I had in my stash.
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10  More Necktie Bags from the Artisan's Fair in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by karentopaz on: January 17, 2009 01:45:34 AM
Here are a few more necktie bags from last year's Artisan's Fair.
 










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