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« on: December 18, 2008 11:35:02 PM »

First, thanks to Gloriana for the great tutorial! It was exactly what I was looking for for a bag for my boyfriend's sister. Tutorial here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=91070.0

(Lots of shops here are phasing out plastic bags, so fabric tote bags are *even more* useful than ever!)

I used a red denim, a blue polished cotton, and a fun printed fabric from my stash. (I seem to recall the printed fabric being from a horrendously expensive quilt shop... which is why I only had half a metre!)

The "main" side, with pockets made of the print fabric and lined with blue:

The other side:

I decided to vary things a bit, so the pockets on this side are a bit quieter, with the wild print on the inside. The ribbon is from Italy - I bought 3 metres of it in a little haberdashery shop in Lake Como, years ago. It was time for it to see the light of day Smiley:

I had a heck of a time lining up my topstitching - my two fabrics weren't matched closely enough in weight, and the denim has a bit of lycra in it!! So I stitched and ripped and stitched and swore and ripped, and then I went "screw it" and did zigzags where the straps joined:

I am actually quite pleased with how that turned out, so I'm going to claim it was intentional Cheesy

I think I'll make some more of these, with a few variations. I am going to try adding a top closure (big button, most likely), and I may fiddle with the proportions to make the bag a little taller and less wide. I may also make the pockets taller since they seem to get wrapped around the bottom of the bag a bit.
Oh yeah - one "Shop the Stash" gift down, 4 to go! (I only finished finals yesterday...)

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« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2008 08:43:34 AM »

I like the zigzag look on the straps! much more interesting than an envelope cross Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2008 05:19:02 PM »

Great looking bag!  The zig-zag stitching on the handles is just fine....I can't ever do the little box thingys on the bags! 

Thanks for sharing!
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