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« on: June 19, 2008 08:58:48 AM »

I have so been wanting a rag quite tote/purse forever but I never found one in the colors I wanted....soooooo, being the craft girl that I am, I decided to make one myself.

Only problem is that I couldn't find a tute for one, so I winged it.  Then there was the fabric problem...the closest fabric store is 50 miles away and gas being $4.00 a gallon, it didn't make sense to make that drive for a yard of fabric.

AHA!  Ingenuity came into play.  I went to the trusty Wally World, and came home with a slew of .94 cent bandanas then tore into an old shirt I had in a pile for the Goodwill, along with a 100% cotton mattress pad I had picked up (and SANITIZED) from the thrift store and with a little thought and lots of trial and mistake......TaDa!!!!



I even put 3 small pockets on the inside for keys, cell phone and other things that generally fall to the bottom of your purse.



It was actually fun, looks even cuter now that it's been washed...and I'm addicted!  I must make more in other colors!  lol

Let me know what you think!
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« Reply #1 on: June 19, 2008 09:00:27 AM »

Fabulous! I love the bright colors!
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« Reply #2 on: June 19, 2008 09:04:50 AM »

It looks wonderful!!  My favorite color is orange!!  The Walmart closest to me (about 25 miles or so) is fighting to keep their fabric department.  I now get most of my fabric online because it is cheaper to pay shipping than it is t drive to the stores since all are 25 miles or more away!
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« Reply #3 on: June 19, 2008 09:44:57 AM »

Love it!  So fun and bright.
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« Reply #4 on: June 19, 2008 09:50:05 AM »

i love the bag! the patterns on the bandanas are great!
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« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2008 01:56:26 PM »

I love that bag!  Looks like fun!

Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2008 06:32:46 PM »

Talk about being creative - you did a great job, the bag is very nicely done. Love your Etsy shop - you are doing very well.
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« Reply #7 on: June 22, 2008 07:34:28 PM »

Oh, I love it! I just hate cutting all the little squares, it's so time consuming. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?

How big were each of the squares?
Did you add fabric to the back of the mattress pad before quilting, or just sew the mattress pad and bandana fabric?

It looks so cute. I think I'm going to make a diaper bag one this week. Maybe.  Tongue

Great job!
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« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2008 12:03:22 PM »

Oh, I love it! I just hate cutting all the little squares, it's so time consuming. Do you mind if I ask you a few questions?

How big were each of the squares?
Did you add fabric to the back of the mattress pad before quilting, or just sew the mattress pad and bandana fabric?

It looks so cute. I think I'm going to make a diaper bag one this week. Maybe.  Tongue

Great job!

Thank you so much for the compliment!

To answer your questions, I made each of my squares 5 1/4" square...it's what would give me the most out of each of my bandanas, so it's what I went with but you can do them any size.

To put the pieces together, I just sandwiched my batting (mattress pad, in this case...which I cut 1" smaller than my fabrics, btw) between two pieces of fabric, right sides facing out, and did my X stitching across them to hold them together.  It was after I had all of the sandwiches quilted that I then stitched two of these "sandwiches" together, making sure to face the raw edges to the RIGHT side of the bag so it could fray. 

I hope that made sense.  LOL

If you have any other questions, feel free to ask...I'll answer as best I can.  And be sure to show off your diaper bag after you finish it, okay?
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« Reply #9 on: June 25, 2008 08:00:59 PM »

Great job!  I've been drooling over these bags for MONTHS.  I have done a little experimenting and am going to make myself one when I'm off work after the 4th.

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