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Topic: Destash those Kimono Scraps Tote!  (Read 1957 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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