Sunday, February 5, 2017

Double Bagging It

Howdy friends! It's Superbowl Sunday and I am looking forward to the game tonight. After I am done writing my post I will be getting some yummy appetizers ready  for tonight's game. Go Patriots!

Last week I stitched up a pretty tote and it got me thinking (no, obsessing is more accurate) about spring! Not sure what it was exactly--maybe the color of the bold floral print against the pale aqua background, the light cotton fabric....I immediately started to picture vintage sheets hanging on the clothesline, billowing in the breeze....and then I could actually smell that smell that only line dried sheets have when they are being taken off the line and folded. Ahhhh, I cannot wait for spring!.....and now I want a clothesline!
(for sheets and towels.....not so much for clothes. I once had a very bad experience with a bee and a nightgown but that's a trip down Memory Lane you do not want to take with me! Just trust me!)

Anyhow, back to the bag.....

I used my basic tote bag pattern and because I was so in love with the fabric I decided not to do a darn thing to the front. No embellishments, no pockets to hide the pretty flowers.....nothing, nada! I also stitched up a matching set of zipper bags as usual.......

I used some scraps to make tags for the tote and the zipper bags.

I attached the tags with a pretty pink ribbon (though it looks red here, I assure you it is not)

The inside is lined with a coordinating pale aqua fabric and a divided pocket the runs the entire width of the tote. As you can see, the tote is very roomy as the zipper bags only take up some of the space in the left side of the pocket.

This tote was so much fun to stitch up. I couldn't wait to complete it so I ended up sewing into the wee hours of the morning to finish the set. I have another tote cut out and ready to go among about a million or so other things that need to be sewn. It's going to be a busy week for sure!

Another bag I wanted to share is the 2-hr Tulip Bag (by Janice Pope) I made for my mom for Christmas. She was going to get rid of a pair of barely worn, off-white corduroy pants and I snatched them right up because she had said that she would really like me to make her a cream colored bag. They looked perfect for the project and they were. I love her little bag!

This purse went together quickly and easily. The one thing I did not anticipate was the slight stretch to the corduroy so if I were to use a similar fabric again I would stitch the top of each bag piece (in this case there are 4) to prevent additional stretching. As it turned out I was lucky and there was no puckering when I stitched the stretch corduroy to the cotton lining.

Here it is hot off the press! I really love using this pattern and it's fun too whip up a bag from recycled pants. I have even used jeans!

I especially love how nice and wide it opens! It's always easy to find what you are looking for. My mom now has four of these bags. I have three myself!

Well, that's all for now folks! It's best I start popping some goodies in the oven. I am making some bacon-wrapped sea scallops and some "boneless chicken wings". I already sliced some cheese, have the veggies and dip ready to go and some jumbo shrimp for shrimp cocktail!

Wishing you all a lovely week ahead!