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Topic: Zombie tote bag! (Three t-shirts and some scraps turned into a tote.)  (Read 1388 times)
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drunkenatheist
« on: November 06, 2010 11:34:03 PM »


This project is number 84: Rock the Tote, featured on pages 210-212 of Generation T.  I did the whole thing on my sewing machine.  Frankly, I hate hand stitching anything (with the exception of embroidery), so I wasn't about to sew this bad boy by hand. 

It's a pretty straightforward bag.  Cut off the bottom 5" of two t-shirts, then use the remaining t-shirts to cut out four large rectangular panels to make the body of the bag  (2 panels out of each shirt).  Make one cut along the seam of tubes to make two large strips, fold each strip in on itself to make two long straps for your bag.  Then sew.  Do a crapload of sewing and curse your machine for jamming or curse yourself for not being able to draw a straight line with a ruler.  Or both!  For the true drunkenatheist sewing experience, be sure to break a needle because you forgot to remove a straight pin and try to figure it out after 1.5 Wild Turkey and cokes.  Fun, fun! 

Even despite the epic crafting adventure, I'm pretty proud of how this came out.  I salvaged the grey t-shirt from a t-shirt recon that was quickly turning into a stitch & botch and I kind of needed to get my crafting groove back at the moment.  For now, my sewing self-confidence has been saved!  Huzzah!  Smiley
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louhi
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2010 07:26:53 AM »

Great looking tote! I love it. Thanks for the tut and story too. Now I know what to do with one disaster t-shirt project of mine.
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« Reply #2 on: November 08, 2010 08:27:14 AM »

COOOOOOL!!! I <3 zombies and I <3 bags. You did a fantastic job!! I have that book and have marked it for one of my many projects to tackle. Smiley -x-
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drunkenatheist
« Reply #3 on: November 09, 2010 09:53:01 AM »

Thank you guys so much!!  Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2010 08:42:32 PM »

That is wonderful!  My 17 year old son is looking over my shoulder and he says that is one tote bag that he would actually use!
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drunkenatheist
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2010 12:26:02 PM »

Awwww Bettsi, tell your son "thanks!"  SmileySmileySmiley
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