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Friday, January 16, 2009

Pat Made a Tote Bag!

Recently my 7-lesson Tote Bag Tutorial was posted here on Hooked On Needles. It's a great little -- well, actually BIG -- tote bag that is expandable because of its zippered extension that tucks down into the bag when not needed and pulls up out of the bag when you need to fill your tote bag to the brim. I love using it as a carry-on bag when I travel.

Anyway, even before my tutorial was complete, I had one reader who was very excited about giving it a try. She was a little nervous about the zipper part of the bag, but I assured her that it really wasn't that hard to put the zipper into this pattern.

Take a look at what Pat did...

Pat's Tote Bag FabricShe gathered her chosen fabric, a lightweight denim fabric and a coordinating sunflower and morning glory print that is so bright and cheerful. Of course I love anything that looks like denim anyway, so already I was liking what I saw.

Pat got to work and followed along with each lesson. After a few interruptions and her sewing machine acting up on her, she finally finished the bag and now has something to show off to her quilting friends next time they get together. I just know they will all be impressed.

Pat's Finished Tote BagHere is Pat's finished bag with a very generous pocket on the outside and that cheerful trim on the handles and pocket sides. Great job, Pat! Thanks so much for sharing it with everyone. Visit Pat at her website, A Little of This and a Little of Pat, and see what other creative things she has been doing lately.

If anyone else uses my tutorial to make a tote bag, I would sure love to see a picture of the finished product. It is always fun to see all the varied fabric selections and how different combinations look together.

Happy Stitching!

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  • Thanks for the sweet comment about my kids.. they look better than they behave.. ha ha.

    I'm SO glad to have found your blog. I'll be looking for MORE tutorials.. maybe a knitting for dummies? My 9 year old and I bought 2 knitting books, some needles, lots of yarn and a great case to keep it in as a christmas/spend time together gift for eachother. I can ONLY cast on!! But boy can I do that:-) She is working on it. The problem I have is that I can crochet and I feel all thumbs with two needles. Any advice?

    By Blogger DiPaola Momma, At January 16, 2009 at 2:55 PM  

  • My advice to you and your daughter is to Go For It! You'll love knitting once you get past feeling like you are all thumbs. The same thing happened to me.

    Check out my knitting link or my library of video tutorials on the sidebar under Hooked On Needles Links. You will find videos in there for beginner knitters.

    As always if you have any questions or problems, I'm happy to answer them or help you solve them through email or with a video.

    Thanks for you visit and be sure to come back soon!


    By Blogger Mary Grace McNamara, At January 16, 2009 at 4:37 PM  

  • Thanks for your help via email along the way with the tote bag....whenever I had a question. I'm really pleased with the results!!!

    By Blogger Pat, At January 16, 2009 at 5:55 PM  

  • Oh, Mary Grace, you are a giver - I must make some time soon to spend a lot of time researching your blog - it is so extensive!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

    By Blogger Lurline, At January 16, 2009 at 7:07 PM  

  • Thank you for the excellent tutorial on making a tote bag. I just finished one that was extra large to hold a foldable cradle. It turned out great.

    By Blogger Snurl, At November 16, 2013 at 6:47 PM  

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