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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Oh My! ~ Another New Tote Bag!

Oh My goodness! I'm on a Tote Bag Making roll right now, and truly loving every minute of it! Today's bag is fresh off the sewing machine and, Oh My, is it colorful! I do enjoy sewing with colorful fabrics, and this collection certainly fits the bill. Oh My, you simply must keep on reading so you can see just what I mean!

This little gem of a tote bag is made with squares from the fabric line Oh My! by Sanae for Moda Fabrics, and the eye-popping colors and designs are inspired by the designer's homeland of Japan.

These colors would be perfect for any season of the year. This bag is not too big and not too small, but just the right size for using as a purse, a project bag, a library bag or even an overnight bag.

The inside of the bag is fully lined with top quality quilting fabric, and has two pockets on each side for a total of four pockets.

The interfacing used in this bag is Peltex which is a very stiff, but flexible and washable, interfacing which allows the bag to hold itself up without being floppy.

This bag measures 4 by 14 inches on its boxed bottom, 18 inches across the top from side seam to side seam, 11 1/2 inches tall, and the handles extend 7 inches from the top edge of the bag to the top of each handle in the middle. It will be available for purchase over in my Etsy shop along with my other tote bags, quilts, original patterns, afghans and other crocheted items.

My summer break from nursing school is really moving along quickly. In another five weeks, I'll be hitting the books again and leaving my sewing machine to gather dust in the basement until next spring. I have a few more tote bags planned, some aprons and a few other sewing projects, besides my crochet projects that keep my hands busy in the evenings. I'm planning ahead this year and making a few crocheted items that have been popular last minute requests just before Halloween the past few years, and I'll be sharing those here soon. I might even include a little tutorial so you can make one yourself!

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Teddy Bear Paperdoll Tote Bags

Those snowy pictures from way back in March seem like such a distant memory as I sit here in the heat of the summer, and that afghan I was working on then looks as much like a torture device as the rack right about now! Amazing how one's perspective changes with the seasons!

It's about two months past the end of my second semester in nursing school and a lot has happened since taking that last final exam and giving my brain a rest. We took a family road trip to Disney World, my brother and his family came to visit, our children finished their 4th and 6th grade years of school, and just this week I have finally been able to spend some quality time in my sewing room again. So far, this summer has been just what the doctor ordered!

Keep on reading to see the darling teddy bear paperdoll tote bags I made yesterday. There are two of them exactly the same, and these would be so perfect for anyone of any age to use as a library bag, a project bag, an overnight-at-Grandma's bag, a travel bag, a beach bag, or for any other purpose.

Isn't this fabric just the cutest?

The entire outsides of the bags, plus the handles, are made using this darling teddy bear paperdoll fabric.

The insides of both bags are lined with top quality 100% cotton quilting fabric in a bright and happy orange. There is also a removable stiff bottom in each bag to keep the bag bottoms flat.

The sides of these bags are floppy, making them lightweight and perfect for carrying a little or a lot.

Can't you picture a pair of twins heading off to Grandma's house with their matching teddy bear totes? Too cute!

These bags each measure 5 by 14 inches at the boxed base, 19 inches across the top from side seam to side seam, and 14 inches tall. You can check them out over in my Etsy shop if you're interested in purchasing one or both.

I've linked this post and a few others here:

Behind the Seams Sewing

and here:

In a few days, I'll also be showing an afghan that I have completed and a woven fabric basket in gorgeous fall colors. It feels so nice to have my creative juices flowing once again, and I'm trying to make the most of the time I have before semester 3 begins in September!

Are you being creative this summer too? I'd love to know!

Happy Stitching!

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