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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Custom Tote/Library Bag for Anne

So I'm sitting here shivering from having just come inside after taking these pictures, and thinking how nice it would be if I were in the scene pictured on this tote bag I just made for Anne...

Custom Tote/Library Bag for AnneAnne had approached me before Christmas about making her a tote bag to carry books in. She had a definite idea of what she wanted for fabric, so she picked that out herself.

Custom Tote/Library Bag for AnneShe said the canvas fabric reminded her of where she and her husband met in Hawaii. I have to say that sewing this fabric with these tropical scenes did nothing to warm me up! It's still only 20 degrees here today with snow everywhere you look! How I'd love to be sitting under those palm trees right now!

Anyway, Anne wanted one wide, long, padded strap, so I used the soft fabric for the underside of the strap and the canvas for the upper side, and added a layer of batting in between the two with lots of quilting lines along the whole length of the strap. I also made the outside lower part of the bag all from the canvas so it would be more durable and provide four generous pockets on the outside. This canvas is outdoor upholstery fabric so it is water resistant and should wear very well.

Custom Tote/Library Bag for AnneOn the inside of the bag, I added a pocket on each side to keep little things like pens or notebooks or keys. I also added a magnetic snap at the top to keep the bag from flopping open.

This bag measures 13 by 5 inches on the rectangular bottom and is 14 inches from top to bottom, so a very generous size for toting books to the library or to class.

So this was one of my Friday Night Sew-in projects I worked on last night. The other is the wedding gift afghan I have been working on every night. I have one more color stripe to do before putting on the fringe, so I'll be showing that to you very soon!

Have a great weekend. I hope you are somewhere warm!

Happy Stitching!

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