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Topic: Destash those Kimono Scraps Tote!  (Read 1772 times)
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« on: June 21, 2013 06:20:24 AM »

My partner in the IYP swap was Ladybugsandbumblees ...she requested that I make her one of my kimono fabric totes for her to carry around her crochet projects and some essentials.

Well, it has been a while since I made a bag (I totally got burned out since it was the first thing I became addicted to when I joined Craftster... Tongue)...

Plus, she was rather "picky"  Wink...she wanted a zipper closure, an inside pocket, etc. etc. ahhhhhhhhhhhh...

All kidding aside, it was fun to make!  It was like riding a bicycle...you never forget once you get going...

I used mirage solid (kinda looks like suede but without the texture...)...every scrap of purple kimono fabric I could dig up in my huge pile...some green/blue stash fabric for the lining...blah, blah...

Here is it!

Approximately 18x15 with 33 inch long handles:


Close-up of pieced kimono fabrics--a mix of cottons, silks and rayon...pre-washed and backed with tricot iron-on interfacing:


Inside kimono fabric pockets:


Inside zippered pocket with dragonfly pull:


Two way gussetted-zipper top (thanks to the lovely tutorial posted by QueenofDIY):


Thanks for looking! Grin
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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2013 06:55:26 AM »

Beautiful! The kimono fabrics really make it something special!
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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2013 06:57:28 AM »

GORGEOUS!!!  I love your fabrics - what an awesome project for such beautiful scraps!
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2013 07:06:08 AM »

Oh, it's gorgeous! I want to crawl into the lining and take a little nap. (That's not weird, is it? Cheesy)
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2013 07:06:36 AM »

the tote is wonderful...I love what you did with the kimono scraps, and that wee dragonfly zipper pull is a lovely touch!  you def. need to get back to making more bags Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2013 07:46:40 AM »

That's really beautiful!
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2013 08:30:25 AM »

LOVE this! Purple is my favorite color...love all of the different pieces you used. Great job!
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2013 08:37:23 AM »

Thanks, guys! It is always nice to combine modern fabrics with vintage...I like adding bits of the kimono fabric to projects to honor my "eastern" heritage...Grin

Yeah, purple is one of my favorite colors as well...it is a difficult color to get in kimonos since it was mostly worn by the wealthy and powerful...and monks..Grin...I was lucky to have had a great source who managed to send me a variety!
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« Reply #8 on: June 21, 2013 08:39:22 AM »

Pretty! I love the zipper pull detail! And I love that you have a stash of kimono fabrics (although I wish  they were mine  Grin )
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« Reply #9 on: June 21, 2013 09:32:51 AM »

This is beautiful! What a great bag!
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« Reply #10 on: June 21, 2013 01:26:52 PM »

AIMR that is one lovely bag! The fabrics are awesome!

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« Reply #11 on: June 21, 2013 01:29:35 PM »

Thanks, wendiek!

I guess I should post it in our craftalong...it might be the only bag I make for a while! Grin

I forgot how much work they are to make...but so satisfying when done!
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« Reply #12 on: June 24, 2013 09:59:55 AM »

 I just love that contrast of the focus and interior fabric. You couldn't have gotten it any better! I am going to have to check out that zipper tutorial, even though just the thought of it intimidates me!
 Love it!!!
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« Reply #13 on: June 24, 2013 10:03:11 AM »

gozer--her tutorial was excellent and easy to follow...I recommend it!

I changed one thing...I actually sewed the lining and the bag inside out, right sides together, then left a small hole to turn it inside out...I then topstitched around the top...I think it made for a bit sturdier top since I knew the recipient was going to use the bag for a yarn project bag...
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« Reply #14 on: June 24, 2013 10:29:06 AM »

I recommend it too!  Grin
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« Reply #15 on: June 29, 2013 04:48:35 AM »

This bag is beautiful!
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« Reply #16 on: June 29, 2013 02:32:21 PM »

I like very much the way you combined these lovely fabrics, you made an awesome purse!!
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« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2013 11:41:17 AM »

I love the kimono fabric so beautiful! The zipper top Is great & I love all the pockets!!  Grin
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« Reply #18 on: July 01, 2013 09:01:22 AM »

Thanks!  I get so much inspiration by people who make bags all the time...I hope to make a few more before the end of summer! I still have lots of kimono fabrics to use up!
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