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Topic: vintage fabric/recycled pleated tote bags!!  (Read 4460 times)
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« on: August 23, 2006 02:07:13 PM »

Hi! This is my first "show off" post on Craftster--I pretty much just lurked until now! I have really been inspired by all the amazing, creative people here--you guys rock!  Grin I made a couple of easy tote bags recently to haul all my college text books around campus. I wanted something different than the backpacks and Gap bookbags everyone else carries around. Although the sizes differ for each, their common thread is the retroesque fabrics and their pleated construction.

Note: I made this pics a little smaller to post here. For larger ones, visit my blog (link in signature).  Smiley

The first tote I used a table napkin I bought at Anthropologie (on sale!) because the print and colors caught my eye. Paired with some brown twill, its really a summer-into-fall bag. This is *huge*; it fits all my usual school supplies and at least two books! My sister calls it the bottomless pit! This is the simplest style; just lined with no little pockets or anything. But it does the job!


The second purse used some vintage fabric I thrifted. I loved the seventies colors and patterns. For this one, I was confined by the size of the fabric piece and its smaller than the first bag. Its still got lots of room though! I added a cell phone pocket to the lining on this one so I didn't have to dig.  Roll Eyes The next tote I make I plan to add another pocket for other things.

So yeah, simple, but thats why I like them. With my school schedule I just don't have time for more complicated sewing/craft projects. *sigh* Critiques/thoughts welcome!!  Grin

-Miss C.

« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2006 02:13:52 PM »

These are both wonderful! I love the fabric choices and the design.

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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2006 02:34:23 PM »

they are both really cute! i've been in love with vintage purses recently!

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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2006 02:37:58 PM »

I think they are both super cute! I love making totes and I like the bottom of these. Very cool! I think I have a project in mind for next week!

Keep up the good work and study, too!
« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2006 03:03:28 PM »

lovvvveeee 'em! How bout a tutorial?
« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2006 05:40:20 PM »

fantastic, yes, tutorial pretty-please?
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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2006 07:22:25 PM »

That's exactly the type of bag I'm looking for! I'm envious.

Tutorial would be awesome, if you're up to it Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2006 08:07:02 PM »

Those are amazing, I'm so in love with the pleats.

« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2006 08:11:19 PM »

so cool. the fabrics, the shapes, everything. seriously, they're awesome. tute? i mean, if you have time. or maybe  a simple how-to?

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« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2006 06:48:55 AM »

wow LOVE the bag design and fabrics!! thanks for the inspiration.  Smiley

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