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1  porca tote! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by caitlinagogo on: March 02, 2009 07:34:19 AM
I've been using the language part of my brain too much these days, so I've been sewing a lot to counteract that. 
Here's a bag I made after a long Saturday spent at the library.  It is an unlined flat bottomed tote with pleather handles.  To keep the inside looking neat (for myself and no one else) I encased the seams with red bias tape.  The fabric is home dec weight  Etsuko Furuya's Echino.  It's very floppy so it was hard to photograph the inside but essentially for the pockets I made a flap with the pockets sewn on and attached that to the two inch of fold over from the top, that way there is no stitching on the exterior of the bag to ruin the perfectly graphic nature of the print.  Thanks for looking!


pockets in action

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2  My summer purse! (first real post) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by caitlinagogo on: March 31, 2005 07:08:18 AM
I scrambbled to make this purse last night because spring has arrived and my winter purse doesn't match my spring coat.  I found the lining fabric first and fell in love but it was a bit too busy for me to handle a whole purse made from it.  So i found some cream colored linen in the remnants pile (score). add bamboo rings and voila, my new summer bag, roomie enough for my camera, a book, and my sunglasses case.  All a girl needs to live a life of leisure.

The whole bag.

My applique with some freestyle stiching.

the lining I love, which is a bit hard to see, but the applique is from this fabric.

I really wanted my bag to look like my grandmother would have back in '66.  I think I got that.
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