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« on: August 06, 2009 09:35:55 AM »

So, a couple of weeks ago on my way to work I saw a yard sale...so I stopped (naturally!) and found that the lady had a huge stash of fabric she was wanting to get rid of.  As I dug through the piles I found lots of great stuff.  Among those great things was this sample. 

While I am not a huge fan of cowboys and western themed things, my boss is (she used to rodeo), so I thought I could make her a tote out of this.  When I showed her the fabric, she loved it, but said she'd rather have it made into a bag for her mother-in-law who loves all things cowboy/western/country.  I brought in some patterns and she chose a messanger bag (McCall's, I can't find the number right now).  Then the creativity really started flowing...Since the fabric sample I had was not big enough to use for the whole bag, I thought we could use the bib of some overalls I had for the flap...even better, though, my boss brought in some of her husband's old overalls.  So I used that for the flap (adding some material from the leg to fill in the whole thing).

For the strap we decided to use the straps of the overalls.  This was the only part I was nervous about, but I think they turned out pretty well.

Since the overall straps weren't quite long enough, I used more material from the leg and just tucked the overall strap into that and sewed the buttons onto the bag.  I used the zig-zag stitch to make it as sturdy as possible and to cover up the edges of the denim.
Here are some shots of the inside:

front pockets

inside pocket

I am very pleased with how it turned out, and I can't wait to hear what the recipient thinks!!
C&C welcome - thanks for looking!
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2009 09:47:21 AM »

This looks really great!!  Your boss (and her mother in law) is very lucky!!

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« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2009 10:27:03 AM »

WOW!!!! This tote bag is absolutely gorgeous! I love cowboy stuff AND overalls, and this would just stupify me if I saw someone carrying it. I'd immediately ask her where she got it.
How wonderfully kind of you to think of others when you came across this fabric.
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« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2009 10:46:39 AM »

I'm not into the western/cowboy theme, but you really did a great job on this bag!  I love the creative use of overalls.  I'm sure your boss's mom-in-law will be thrilled!

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« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2009 10:48:12 AM »

That is fan-tabulous!

« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2009 10:51:04 AM »

love this fabric-kind of looks like barkcloth.
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2009 11:12:05 AM »

Great score on the fabric.  The bag looks very sturdy and well constructed, I like the way the brown bias tape ties it all in together.  I'd consider becoming a cowgirl just so I could carry it without looking like a poser. Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: August 06, 2009 10:27:15 PM »

the overalls are a fantastic addition. nice work.

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« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2009 06:55:30 AM »

How cool is that?! Using the overall pocket is inspired-I love it!

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