Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Weekend Sewing Project #3

The Everything Tote

I love how big this bag is! It fills my entire bike basket plus the purple paisley just makes me happy.


When I make another one I plan on doing the handles differently. I didn't really do them the way the book suggests and I'm not thrilled about the way mine turned out They aren't exactly "shoulder friendly" but that's OK - live and learn. (Could it be that I skimmed the directions and thought I understood? Not me.)


I didn't line my handles either. I checked Heather Ross' errata page so I knew I needed one yard of each fabric (instead of the .5 yard listed in the book) but even that wasn't enough. I had to piece my handle pieces, which was a bit of a pain since they were cut on the bias. But, since it was corduroy the seams don't really show. When I make this bag again (and I probably will) I will buy 1.5 yards just to make sure I don't have to piece the handles again. Oh yeah, and I'll pay closer attention to the directions.

17 comments:

Kathie said...

love this tote bag
I always add batting to my straps...
and cut them to the length I like
LOVe the fabric btw
Kathie

The WoodLand School said...

Purple? Paisley? Corduroy?!?! LOVE IT!

Sam said...

Wonderful bag. I love the purple colour with the green lining. Fab! :-)

Marcia said...

Paisley makes me happy too. Now, what are you working on for the snowmobile?

kate said...

I really love corduroy. Like really really. Very cute bag.

Melody said...

Beautiful!
So jealous of your talent, LOL!

Val said...

Love the fabric!

alotalot said...

I really love the fabric! So much fun, and not exactly one a person should wear, therefore perfect for a bag. I love my everything tote. I made it using remanent fabric that I bought for about $3.00. I also skim the directions, so my bag doesn't look exactly right either, but I can't wait to make another...that's how much I love it!

Allie said...

Now that is a very nice bag! I love the corduroy!

Cathy said...

I love your new handbag...the fabric is really neat! I didn't know that they made corduroy in such cool designs.
Cathy

Manoute said...

Your bag is fab and I love the fabric :o)

Indy Mom said...

It is a happy bag.....could be Vera Bradley!

cathleen said...

Liz, what a cute bag...the fabric is really pretty.

stitching under oaks said...

despite your directional issues...the bag turned out great! I love it sitting in the basket of your bike. Nice job Liz.

Maggie said...

You were right... I do love it!

amandajean said...

It's gorgeous! I hate dealing with anything on the bias. Those handles would probably be the end of me.

Janine said...

Your bag is very cute, I also like the colour.
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