Friday, October 22, 2010

One tote down, six to go

 In case you missed my last post, I am making 7 bags for an order for a friend. Today I finished the first one. 
(I want to keep it.)
I wish the green would show up more true. It's a very limey green, but on here it looks almost minty. I need a better camera or something. Or better lighting in a better house. Or something.

I wanted a really stiff bag that would be easy to fill so I used a heavyweight interfacing (Peltex? I think it was called?) and quilted it about a half an inch apart before I cut out the front and back. I did the quilting after I did the applique. It helped, but I only used a lightweight fusible interfacing for the lining and next time I think I will use the heavier weight for both. I would like the bag to stand up on it's own, which is asking a lot of a bag this size. Speaking of, it is:

27" across on the top.
19" across on the bottom
8" deep
17" high
The straps are about 3 ft long

Those measurements have no rhyme or reason, beside the fact that I cut it out to use the entire piece of brown upholstery fabric that I had. This was as big as I could get it- trust me, there were barely some shreds of waste. 

I only put 3 pockets inside- one for pens (or scissors), one that would be good for holding a cell phone and one that is pretty large. It holds a magazine with room to spare.
This was my first attempt at a loop/button closure. Notice the marking pen on the bag. Sign of a true seamstress, that. Or, no wait, that's sewing through your finger, isn't it? Never mind. I'm just a hack.

Next post: Mario and Luigi costumes. No sewing. Did you know you can spray paint clothes?

I am linking up to two parties this week. I actually made myself finish this today so I could get in on the fun. These parties are good for me. 
Lit and Laundry hosts Finish For Friday, which does not have to be a sewing related finish, and Amylouwho hosts a Sew and Tell every Friday. Both are super fun to cruise around. Now, go! Enjoy!


  1. Wow, wonderful! I've never seen such a detailed tote! Love it! What are your ideas for the other ones?

  2. How great is your applique design. It sure will be a lucky recipient of that bag.

  3. Very pretty! You did a great job on the applique and all the bag details!!

  4. Lisa, that bag is gorgeous! You did a beautiful job!

  5. Wonderful! Beautiful applique!

  6. Love the finished bag ...and only 6 more to go!

    The applique is glorious. Great finish Lisa.

    How much swearing or crying was involvd in the making of this bag ? Oh sorry - I was thinking of when I make bags.

  7. What a great sewing bag. Beautiful applique.

  8. I don't blame you for wanting to keep this one! you may say this for all seven.

  9. Lisa, that is gorgeous! I love the pockets you put in there too !


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