May 31, 2011

Granny Chic Tote

I'm back!  It was really great to take a little time off.  I needed it.  Thank you for all your thoughtful, understanding comments.  I feel like I have the kindest readers ever.
  
Today I'm going to show you this tote I just finished.  I got a new responsibility at church a few months ago.  It's been fun and time consuming and I've really been needing a BIG bag to haul my stuff around in. 
I'm not going to do a full tutorial for the bag, because it would be super long.  However, I'll explain the basic process. 

My sister and her family recently bought their first home.  The previous owner was a sweet elderly lady.  She had these old lace curtains that weren't my sister's style.  I asked if I could have them.  I've been trying to think of fun ways to use them and this was the first idea I had.  I'm calling it my "Granny Chic Tote."

I used fusible interfacing on the exterior and interior.  I like firm bags that don't flop around.  I took the bottom scalloped edge of the curtains and laid it across the front and back of the purse.  I stitched across the scalloped edge and then treated it as one piece from there on.


I sewed the front and back together and boxed the corners.  I centered the scallops on the front and back so the it would be symmetrical and the lace would match up on the side seams.


I made the interior the same way as the exterior and I added the super heavy interfacing (peltex) along the bottom (between the two layers). 


I also added a magnetic snap.  Then I sewed the interior and exterior together with bias tape.


There are a few pockets in the inside.


And that's it.


It's pretty big.  I needed lots of space, so I went large on this one.


Thanks for dropping in.  Any ideas for the rest of the curtains?  Let me know.  See you tomorrow for Wake Up Wednesday!

Linking to Shabby Nest

64 comments:

Catherine Peart said...

Love it! Absolutely gorgeous. I once made a cute cushion using a lace curtain with a strong colour behind it. As in, I used the lace over the colour on the front and the plain colour on the back. Can't wait to see what else you do!

Janice said...

That's really cute! Did you see the Decoupaging with lace over at Urban Comfort? It's so cute!

file:///C:/Users/Janice/Desktop/My%20Stuff/Hobbies/Cool%20stuff/decoupaging-with-lace.html

Unknown said...

LOVE IT! It's amazing and so cool. Love the color and lace. You are so amazing. And good luck for the new calling what ever it is. I'm sure you rock in it.

melissa said...

What a great idea. you could secure some around a brightly colored bangle. Or I saw this amazing idea here

http://dosfamily.com/2011/01/lace-lamp/

she uses doilies (???????) but I don't see why you can't use some lace curtains.

Rebecca said...

I love this bag! I want a smaller version for myself. :) How about a skirt with lace overlay for yourself? You could also make a pretty hair piece or headband.

Jennifer said...

So glad you got a much needed rest :) That granny tote is great...and the size is perfect. It is so funny, whenever I see curtains like that I always think of little old ladies...LOL!

Samantha {Moody Mama} said...

Love the bag! Um I'm not sure how to use the rest of the curtains :/

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Jeanna said...

You are awesome! I love this tote. It's so lady like. I'm so inspired now I'm going to have to make one.

Jeanna. @. Dramaqueenseams.blogspot.com

Callie B. said...

Great bag - I love that you don't look at it a say "What a clever way to use old curtains!" Though it certainly IS a clever way to use old curtains.

Jennifer said...

Welcome Back Cheri!! Hope you had a relaxing break. I love that bag. Its just gorgeous!

sb said...

Let me guess: Primary Chorister? I always had a ton of stuff (and a big bag) when I was in that calling.

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy said...

cute, cute, cute! I love the look of the lace on this bag, what a nice touch - and with the yellow! I love it!

Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

So cute! I love the lace.

Marisol said...

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Erica @ Acire Adventures said...

This is an amazing bag! When I saw the first photo I thought it was a little handbag, but it's huge. I think I love the term "Granny Chic" even better though. :)

Lynette @ My Craft Discovery said...

I love it! How fun. Applique with lace would probably be pretty fun and cute...I think Disney at Ruffles and Stuff did it a while back.

Boden said...

This is FANTASTIC! What a great way to reuse something that would otherwise been tossed out.

Simply Jessabells said...

OMG, I love that bag, wish you were doing a full tutorial on it. :( I know it would be time consuming. Don't let me make you feel guilty. LOL. I can probably pick up a pattern for that bag but use your instructions for applying the lace. Thanks so much for sharing. Now to go find lace curtains. I'm thinking a yard sale or even Walmart? Thank you so much for sharing this. I'm totally inspired!

Jessica
www.jessabellstamps.blogspot.com

Cyndi said...

Sooo cute! I love your blog, I have two little boys as well and you have some great ideas.
Thanks!

Deanna said...

Dye them! I recently got a very large crocheted table cloth sized doily thing and I dyed it black and am using it to make a skirt. These sorts of lacy things always come in white... Imagine how cute it would look orange or yellow or even black! After I dyed my oversized doily black, I almost didn't want to cut it up it looked so much more unique.

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

oh my gosh. LOVE it. Now I am trying to figure out how to get my hands on some old lady curtains...

As for what to do with the rest...dye it and add it to an a-line skirt somehow...not hanging off, but on top like you did the bag.

Oh I am in love with that bag!

Laura said...

LOVE IT!!!!!! I might just give this a try. I don't love my "church" bag and this would be a GREAT bag to tote around :) THX!!!!

Love the idea of adding it to a skirt or a shirt... you know like a "peak-a-boo" on the bottom of it :) Can't wiat to see what you come up with :)

Sabrina Lopez said...

I Love it!!!! Thanks for sharing.
I have to send you a picture of a apple tree I made it and it was inspired by you of course.Still have to take pics of it.
You are very very talented.
Thankx for a great blog.

EverErin said...

Yay, you're back! I missed you! And cute bag!

Alice said...

WOW! You sure are back. The tote is great and you really will need all that space in time. Thanks, I LOVE it!

Elle The Heiress said...

It's gorgeous!

Lorena Guerra said...

great bag! I have a ton of old lace that I forget about mostly. this post helped to remind me to use it to spruce up pieces here and there :)

dana said...

Very cute Cheri! Love the lace and the colors!

M said...

I love the bag, and think the previouse comment about dying the curtains is an excellent idea. What type of fabric did you use to make the bag body?

MC

Tiffany said...

and just like that, she's BACK! cute bag Cheri, great idea for the use of the curtains. Perhaps a skirt trimmed similarly.

BluBabesCreate said...

Really darling Cheri!

Megan said...

My last two pair of jeans ripped on me last week so I'm going to try and re do them while mending. They were both ripped on the inner thigh, so on one pair I cut it off where it ripped and plan to finish that edge, so it doesn't unravel anymore, and add lace around the leg holes and accent the pockets with it. I'm going to start to keep a blog of things like that I do, though I'm sure it won't be anything as fabulous as you've come up with!

Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

Its super adorable! I love the way you did the lace. Great use of the curtains! And I think you picked the perfect name to describe the tote. :)

Leigh Anne said...

So cute! Great use of the curtains :) I'd use the rest of the lace to overlay a skirt. I'd dye the curtains teal and put a solid grey skirt underneath...I think it would be adorable. Now I'm gonna have to scrounge up some old lace curtains and get to work myself :)

wendipooh13 said...

oh wow that is soooo fun and cute!!! I just LOVE that!!!

Dawnica said...

I think you have just started a new fad! I love your bag it is awesome. You have such great ideas.
www.dawnicakorner.blogspot.com

The One and Only said...

I really like your idea about attaching the outside and inside with bias tape!! fab fab fab idea!!

Heather Feather said...

This is adorable! I love the yellow color paired with the gorgeous lace! Great job!

Lyn said...

This is absolutely adorable! I love the lace detailing, you are so creative. I wish you would have made a full tutorial but I know it can be very time consuming, so I appreciate you posting this lovely handmade bag to inspire us to be creative with everyday items.

Hands Sew Full said...

Wow, for not being a "full" tutorial, that is pretty full! I love the handles!
Thanks.

Rachel said...

oh this is sweet! i like it big!--- at first, in the first picture, I actually thought it was little, like the size of a clutch. :) this was very creative and gorgeous!

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

You are so amazingly creative! That purse would cost a fortune at a nice store. I just used some old curtains to decorate a lampshade and a metal body form, turned out great if I say so myself. :)

Siobhan said...

oh man, I had a house full of old-lady curtains when we moved here last year! Wish I knew you then!!! I actually have one still hanging around somewhere, so I suppose I could get cracking.

welcome back by the way! Good to see you weren't idle ;)

I love the bag! Bet you have to haul a heap of MUSIC around in it, yeah? Surely they would be trying to tap one of your many talents so that would be my guess.

Anonymous said...

I didn't read all the comments but Lace curtains make great stencils for painting with either brush or spray paint. Like an old shelf drape the cloth over it and spray paint around the lace. I have seen it used on canvases for decoration also or as a background for an Art Picture or Collage.

saffiertje said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE this bag!!! Last weekend I got a big sack of old crochet rounds(?) so many will do great omn a bag!!!!

Tomena said...

Well it sounds like I'm not very orignal becuase my first thought was a skirt overlay also. Of course you could cover a lampshade in it or use it to make a throw pillow or a crazy ruffly skirt for a little girl or cover a photo album with it and have some fabric flowers in the corner....but you don't have any little girls and looking at your home's style it seems more like something you would put on your body and not in house... so I regress...make a skirt.

Anonymous said...

I found your blog through EPBOT's feature of the (amazing, by the way!) super hero room and quickly became a fan. When I grow up I hope to be as talented a mother as you are :)

Nay said...

I am so glad you are rested and back to 'normal'; sometimes we just need that time away from the routine to regain our sanity!
I look at your blog everyday and have been following you for some time now - I have to admit I was going through minor Cheri withdrawals :)

Cinera Tyler

Mindy said...

Very pretty! What a great idea!

iammommahearmeroar said...

M - The fabric I used is canvas or sometimes they call it duckcloth.

Cheri

Anonymous said...

The other day I was wearing a shirt that I feel is a little low cut and put a Tshirt under it and thought of you and your lace. You could take a small piece and make a little fake tank top that attaches around your bra straps with snaps or etc. with some of it for lower cut tops.

Kari Sweeten said...

I LOVE this vintage bag Cheri!! So super cool!

Alison @ Oopsey Daisy said...

WOW! I love this bag, Cheri! The colors are absolutely gorgeous!

Kelli W said...

I love the color and the button! It is chic for sure:) Stopping by from Tatertots and Jello!

Michelle @ Delicate Construction said...

CUTE!! It came out great! I would love if you could link this up to my Delicately Constructed Friday!! Thanks so much!
Have a great weekend!
Michelle
www.delicateconstruction.blogspot.com

ashleyn said...

What a gorgeous diy! I can't get over the adorable lace on the bottom, what a unique idea. I love your blog, its all around unique and creative and I am so impressed you can do this while keeping your two boys in line :) When I read your about me and saw you were from Wisconsin I had to comment because I am originally from Milwaukee and have moved all over the state. I can't wait to follow and check out more stuff on your blog!

Ashlyn

matchlessvision.blogspot.com

Kristi @ Addicted 2 Decorating said...

Absolutely stunning! I'm not a fan of lace AT ALL, because it reminds me of outdated grandmas' houses. But this looks so modern and chic. Ha! Never thought I'd say that about lacy curtains! Simply amazing.

Foundinthe-ALI said...

This is so cute! I love how big it is.



Ali
foundintheali.blogspot.com

Bethany @ A Fish Who Likes Flowers said...

This is so cute! I love the yellow with the lace. It looks so bright and cheerful. The yellow is what makes the lace look less old ladyish, in my opinion.

Sommer said...

Your granny tote is very chic! I love the colors and the contrast with the lace! What a fun project idea! Please stop by and join my party this weekend at http://designergarden.blogspot.com/2011/06/vip-party-18.html

Mindie Hilton said...

I would love for you to link it up to my party that is running now. Any linky goes.

http://bacontimewiththehungryhypo.blogspot.com/2011/06/any-link-goes-party-running-now-summer.html

Come strut your stuff.

KimRader said...

Love this bag. REALLY love how you did the handles. Was wondering if you could explain how you did them, or at least how you got the rounded ends to look so good. Thanks!

iammommahearmeroar said...

Kim - I made sure that the hole to invert the straps wasn't at the end near the rounded part. I used a small round object to trace a rounded end and make a pattern. After sewing it I pressed it well and top stitched it. I hope that helps!

Cheri

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