Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Something Old--Something New: TOTE BAG

If you have followed me from the beginning, you may remember that I constructed a small tote bag from the cut off portion of my daughter's jeans. I then recycled another pair of jeans and had used most of the fabric from the pants but I did have a remaining pocket and some strips left and thought I would put them to good use. I also have many remnants of cloth leftover from other projects so this turquoise fabric was just large enough for this bag.

I said earlier in that post that I would make a few more bags using the same basic pattern. With this bag, I cut a larger square at the bottom which makes the bag wider at the base and not as tall as the original bag. (See post: Recycling Cut-off Jeans) I really like the way it came out!

The bag I came up with began with some pieces as pictured:

I cut some of the circle motifs from the outside fabric and after applying the fusible batting to the outside front and back pieces of the bag, I appliqued the circles on the back of the bag. I thought it was a shame to waste the circles, they are so pretty and it added a cute quilted look to the back of the bag.

Back of bag: random appliqued circles give a little interest and dimension to the backside of the bag.

A look at the front of the bag...

Close up of scrappy jeans pocket with appliqued circle motif.

Each time the bag is constructed from a different fabric, it looks completely different. These bags are wonderful gifts and can be personalized to fit the style of just about anyone! The next bag will be made from from the following pieces of fabric. 

The piece on the left is a fat quarter that did not seem to match some pieces that came in a fat quarter bundle that I purchased some time ago. If you use fat quarters, you need two to complete this project. (one fat quarter for the outside of the bag and a contrasting fat quarter for the lining. If you add pockets you will need an additional fat quarter)

Even using the same basic pattern, it will make up as a totally different look and personality!!! These are so fun to make and take less than a couple of hours to complete. Try it! Remember: if I can sew it, sew can you!

"One gets to the heart of the matter by a series of experiences in the same pattern, but in  different colors."
Robert Graves