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Friday, January 13, 2012

Make Life Tote Bag

You know how it is around the first of the year...resolve to use up your stash, finish projects, not jump into more projects. Well, I'm all for the use up your stash thing, but around this time of year, I really do feel the need to join a swap or two. It's probably because the rush of the holidays is over and I'm ready for a change of pace. So I joined the Shades of Gray swap which you've already heard about, and I also joined the Accessory Bag Swap from Dandelion Quilts. You know how much I love to make bags, so this one was a MUST DO for me!

After looking through my stash of fabrics and pre-cuts, I decided that it was time to break into one of my Make Life charm packs. I also had a piece of Make Life yardage, so that was perfect. Here are two bags I made from that charm pack and yardage, but neither of these bags is my swap gift! I'll have to wait until it is received before I show that one to you! Don't want to spoil the surprise!

This accessory bag is small, only about 9 inches across the top and about 5 inches high and 2 inches deep. I found the 'recipe' for it over at the Moda Bake Shop. They have some great patterns over there for all sorts of things. This bag was made using the scrap leftovers from the swap bag I made. I can't stand the thought of those little pieces of fabric going to waste!

Here's the bag from the other side.

And the lining of this bag is made with the yardage that I had of the Make Life fabric. Isn't it fun? I used up an odd little scrap to make the little tab on the side too.

So this bag is not my swap gift, nor is it made using the same pattern as my swap gift, but my swap gift was made using the same line of fabric. When I was finished making these bags, I had the rest of the charm pack and some more yardage leftover, so I made another bag. A bigger bag! Take a look...

It's a tote bag! I just LOVE tote bags! Don't you love tote bags? What's not to love about a tote bag? Even a simple one like this. So handy. So versatile. So useful.

And made with fun fabric like Sweetwater's Make Life line, so cheerful too!

And check out that lining! How can you not smile when you look inside this bag?

Oh! I love it!

However, a girl can only use so many bags. And this girl already has so many bags! So this one is headed to my Etsy shop. All the vital statistics of this fun bag are listed over there, so you can go check it out if you like!

After my swap partner receives her bag, I'll share a picture or two. I actually made two alike, except for the zipper color, so I'll have to think of something to do with the other one. Perhaps a teacher gift or giveaway prize...something to think about!

Happy Stitching!

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