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Sunday, January 24, 2010

Fun Fabric and other cool stuff

A friend of mine recently asked me to make some tote bags for her to give as gifts so I took this as an opportunity to go shopping at my not-very-local Joann's fabric store. I was very happy to hear that one will be opening right here in my little city sometime within the next season or two, so that will save me lots of driving when I just need to pick up a zipper or match some thread.

I picked out two fabrics for each bag, and a matching zipper. I found some other goodies while I was there too...

Fabric and zippers for tote bagsHere are my fabrics. The top two are so bright and blue, with shimmery silver around the designs. The bottom two are a greenish sort of color with blue and off white. I really love the floral fabric and all the colors in it, but the picture doesn't seem to show them off very well. The colors in the striped fabric coordinate with the floral and should be perfect for the lining. These bags will be made similar to THIS tote bag, only with not quite so much corduroy on the outside.

findings for tote bagsI also found these great swivel hooks, D-rings and magnetic closures in four different finishes so of course I had to get one of each in each finish! I'll be using a set of each on each tote bag, building in nice little conveniences like a swivel hook to help keep track of keys, D-rings to clip a cell phone case or other small bag to, and magnetic closures to keep the inside and outside pockets closed.

It was a very productive shopping trip, but I'm sure looking forward to being able to zip right down the street when I need some little something for a project.

Happy Stitching!

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  • OOoOoooO delicious fabrics and fun notions - you're going to have a great time using your new goodies!

    My husband and I went shopping Stateside @ Joanns yesterday - it's about a 2 hour drive, and even tho I have a pretty good fabric store 5 minutes away from my house (and only 10 minutes by bus!) I live for my trips to Joanns - I guess it's exciting for me because we don't have them here in Canada. It makes me so happy to be able to go shopping there! I'm easily pleased, LOL!! I'm happy for you that you're getting a store nearby - I'd be lost without my Fabricland just up the street!

    By Blogger Sandra :), At January 24, 2010 at 8:49 PM  

  • Love your new fabrics - blues and greens are my favorite colors. You did a nice job matching the prints. Can't wait to see how it all works up.

    By Blogger WendyBee, At January 24, 2010 at 8:56 PM  

  • They should look really good. Nice little collection of gadgets too but I know what you mean about having an excuse to zip down the street for something.

    By Blogger Julie, At January 24, 2010 at 11:19 PM  

  • Absolutely wonderful fabrics there MG! A good stash of hardware too! Wonderful to get a shop near by for quick picks when you need too... Good for you! 8-)

    By Blogger Myra, At January 25, 2010 at 11:55 AM  

  • It's funny Mary Grace...bags are one of my least favorite things to make, but I sure love seeing the ones others make. Thanks for sharing. The colors are great!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, At February 5, 2010 at 9:55 PM  

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