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!

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