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Saturday, November 15, 2008

Tote Bags, Tote Bags, and more Tote Bags!

I've been a busy little beaver since my last post. After sorting through all the wonderful upholstery fabric covering the pool table and picking out some particularly appealing prints and coordinating fabrics, I got right to work. So far I've made 5 tote bags of various shapes and sizes. Here's a peek at them and a hint or two about what else I have planned for this great pile of fabric.

Upholstery Fabric Tote BagHere's bag #1. It's the same size as the tote bag I made for my Stitcher's Angel friend in Australia. This one, however, does not have a zippered extension. It's just a basic lined tote bag with a simple square pocket sewn onto the inside lining.

Upholstery Fabric Tote BagThis is bag #2. Same as #1 except a different fabric for the bottom.

Upholstery Fabric Tote BagBag #3...same as the other two, except no contrasting bottom and it's a little smaller. This fabric has some nice greens and blues in it which the picture doesn't show very well.

Upholstery Fabric Tote BagBag #4 is a very plain, unlined, tall tote bag that might be good for groceries or bringing a large project along with you to your sewing circle or guild. This fabric is the same fabric I used to line bag #3.

Upholstery Fabric Tote BagAnd here's my favorite so far, Bag #5. This one is made with a beautiful jewel tone leaf design fabric on the outside and handles, with a contrasting green corduroy bottom. It has a zippered extension and the whole thing is lined with beautiful rich green and gold leaf fabric.

Upholstery Fabric Tote BagHere you can see the inside of the bag through the zippered extension. Roomy!

Upholstery Fabric Tote BagAnd here it is with the extension pulled up inside the top of the bag. This one might not make it to the fair next week! I may just write a check instead! Did I ever mention that I Really Love bags?

I have made two trips to Michael's in between all the sewing and I picked up a variety of pillow forms and some wooden purse handles and some D rings. I have a few ideas for putting all of this to good use. Stay tuned to see what I come up with.

Now back to the sewing room. I have a pool table that needs to be emptied!

Happy Stitching!

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  • Hello Mary Grace, I love the tote bags you have made, especially the one you made for me. Regards Lyn

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 15, 2008 at 5:04 PM  

  • The bags look great - it's going to be fun seeing everything you make with your "score"!

    By Blogger Sandra :), At November 15, 2008 at 11:46 PM  

  • Whoa. You HAVE been busy!

    I have a tote bag I want to make for my Mom for Christmas - it's the one that the embroidered spring garden I posted on my website would be for (as a large pocket on the outside). Unfortunately, I am machine-and-pattern-following challenged. I think I'm going to have to turn it over to my local sister and ask her to finish it for me! She hasn't made any tote bags, but she's pretty proficient on the sewing machine.

    Well, you have inspired me at least to pursue the whole tote bag construction thing.


    Keep up the voluminous work!

    By Blogger Mary Corbet, At November 16, 2008 at 9:14 AM  

  • Hi Mary Grace,
    Your tote bags are gorgeous! What a talented lady!
    Merry :)

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At November 16, 2008 at 12:28 PM  

  • Awesome bags Mary! Love the fabrics!!! Wonderfully decorative fabrics!!! 8-)

    By Blogger Myra, At November 18, 2008 at 1:58 PM  

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