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Sunday, June 19, 2016

French Journal Tote Bag

It's not even officially summer yet, and my first custom project for the summer is complete, shipped and received! It's no secret that I love bags. I love to design bags. I love to sew bags. I love to use bags. I just love everything about bags! My favorite travel bag is one that I made for myself a really long time ago using discontinued upholstery samples from my local furniture store. Since then, I have used that same pattern to make dozens of bags for others. Melissa from Texas wanted one, and here it is...

Melissa liked the fabric I had used for a similar bag a few years ago for a young girl's birthday gift in Australia. You can see that bag HERE. It is a Michael Miller fabric called Belle Rose from the French Journal fabric line.

The print on this fabric just begs to be fussy cut. You can see that the two pieces of the zippered extension started out as one piece with that gorgeous bird on the lower half and the gorgeous flower on the top half. The hot pink zipper matches the pink corduroy that I used for the base of the bag.

The lining for this bag is the pink paisley from the same fabric line. Lots of pockets around the inside to keep things organized.

The zippered extension can be pulled up for lots more space inside the bag, or it can be left folded down as in this picture. Either way, it can be zipped to protect the contents of the bag. You can see the swivel hook peeking out just below the zipper. I like to add a swivel hook to each of my bags so keys are easy to retrieve!

There is a large pocket on each side of the bag framed and lined in the green paisley that is also part of this lovely fabric line.

I was happy to know that Melissa's bag arrived safely and quickly and that she was happy with it. It is always such a pleasure to work with quality fabrics and beautiful prints, and I make it a habit to purchase extra yardage just in case I make a bad cut or have some other unforeseen mishap while sewing a custom project. For this project there were no mishaps, so next time I will share with you what I did with the leftovers of this beautiful fabric. If you like bags as much as I do, you won't want to miss it!

Happy Stitching!

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