Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Tote Bag Tuesday

Another bag! 

This is the tote bag I was telling you that I finished the other day when I was so productive. I'm very happy with how it turned out, and am totally surprised that I didn't have to use my seam ripper. Like not even once. That's not to say that I didn't have any issues, but usually on a project like this I have to keep the ripper pretty close. 

Really, the only mistake I made was when I cut out the main panels for the bag. They were supposed to be 18" by 18", but apparently I cut them 18" by 17".  Only I didn't realize that until I had already put on the trim. On the first one, I put it on the 18" side but on the second I sewed it to the shorter side. You would have thought that extra inch of fabric hanging off the side would have tipped me off, but I just snipped it off, thinking I must have cut that a little too generously. So when I went to sew them together I finally figured it out and had to trim everything down to 17". Not a big deal really. Much better than ripping. 

For the most part, I used this tutorial from Sutton Grace, but I also got a little help from another tutorial at Make It and Love It. The main fabric of the bag is duck cloth so it is very sturdy and has a good shape. The contrasting trim and lining are two Denyse Schmidt prints.

On another note, last night I had to go to a meeting and afterwards I stopped to get gas and locked myself out of the car. So I spent 45 minutes sitting on the sidewalk outside the gas station waiting for my husband to come bring the spare key. I was sure I was going to get picked up for loitering because every cop in town must have needed a drink from the Jiffy Mart last night. Apparently they weren't too worried about it, because not one of them even spoke to me as they walked by. I haven't decided yet if that's a good thing or not.

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  1. Such a cute tote! And, ugh, locking the keys in the car is the worst! How frustrating.

  2. Lovely bag; funny story, in hindsight!

  3. The bag looks fab, and hey, no-one but us knows what size it should have been anyway ;o)

  4. Cute tote and that is too bad you got locked out of your car!

  5. Darling bag! Good for you!! Great fabric choices too. Bummer, tho, about the 'incident' with the keys. Glad it worked out ok.

  6. Is that L for Lu? Because, you know, my birthday is coming up ;-)