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Monday, March 12, 2018

Winter Crocheting, Sewing and More

It's been a fun and productive winter here in New England thanks to some much needed days in my sewing room on the days I am not working at my Real Job. I am determined to continue using up fabric from my stash to make practical and desirable things for my Etsy shop, in between commissioned projects like the afghans I mentioned in the previous post and a few other things. I will have to dig up pictures of the two afghans I was starting on in that post to share here because I think some of you readers out there might like to try the same designs.

Today, however, I wanted to share two tote bags that were made using what was left of a jelly roll from another project, some black denim leftover from a large commissioned project of black aprons for a local tool and nail store and some yardage for the linings.

This first bag is made using instructions from a book I purchased a long time ago called Hold It, and as you can probably guess, it is a book about sewing all sorts of things that hold stuff! I have made this particular bag many times over the years, sometimes following the instructions and sometimes changing it up to suit my needs or the desires of a client. You can see pictures of some of the bags I have made using this design by clicking HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE and HERE.

The awesome thing about this design is the zippered extension which adds about 5 inches of height to the bag when extended upwards. The bag can be used without the extension pulled up so it is just like a regular open tote bag, or it can be zipped with the extension down inside the bag, or the extension can be pulled up and zipped to keep everything safe inside. It is my go-to bag design for a sturdy and practical bag.

The second bag is a simple open tote with pockets on the inside and no zippered extension. Both bags feature strips of fabric in warm fall colors and designs, quilted on the outside, and full lining with pockets on the inside.

More pictures and measurement information are available in the listings in my Etsy shop. If you're more into the spring look, there is also a very bright and cheerful spring tote bag available too. Click HERE to get to my shop.

It looks like we are going to have another snow day here tomorrow so perhaps between shoveling sessions with my husband and kids, I will try to find pictures of the afghans to share. I'm also working on another one, a huge corner-to-corner afghan for a wedding gift. I'll save that one to share once it is complete. What are you working on this winter?

Happy Stitching!

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  • Happiness is a post from Mary Grace!! I have been thinking about you so often and hoping that all is well with you and your family. I know New England has had a hard winter - snow means more time in the sewing room - right! I love these bag projects. I have yet to try a corner-to-corner afgan so am anxious to see yours! Happy stitching Mary Grace!!

    By Blogger annemarie, At March 13, 2018 at 8:38 PM  

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