Friday, April 27, 2012

Totes for Two

I love these tote bags! They are so quick and easy to sew up, and make great gifts..

We are going to a birthday party toight for my daughters MIL. She is turning 70, still doing some teaching for the College of Education (she is a retired teacher) , and doing lots of travelling. And besides, who can't use another pretty tote bag!!

Our local Fabricland had a whole wall of discount decorator fabrics. Lots of it on sale for $2 -$3 dollars/meter (just over a yard). So I bought a yard of two different colors, and for a total of about $6 had enough to make 2 tote bags. The second bag is actually a bit smaller, and I think I might like that size even better. For that one I started with panels that were 14"x20", instead of 15"x22".   The original pattern was from an old quilting magazine, (Izzy & Ivy Design)



 I have made a few modifications as I make more of them, but it is a great bag!

I use bukrum as interfacing. It is very stiff, so gives the tote bags a lot of body...they will stand up by themselves.  And I have fun picking out the buttons for them !!

I have made a lot of these. Sometimes I add a key fob, or sometimes I make a little pouch to snap onto the bag. Great gifts...and quick and easy!

TGIFF is over at Quilt Monster in my Closet this week! Go check it out!! I am going to link this up as my "finish" !!


14 comments:

  1. Ok, my birthday is in July!!!!! I think you should do a tutorial on this bag. I would love to make one. If that is possible?????

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  2. These look like really nice totes, flo,

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  3. LOVE those bags! Great fabric choices. I have a bunch of drapery fabrics that would be perfect as totes. What is bukrum? I've never heard of it. So glad you linked up, Flo!

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  4. She is going to be thrilled with her gift! You did a beautiful job with these, love the color!

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  5. They both look great! Love the warm tones and those buttons! =D

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  6. Oh these bags look wonderful - you are clever.

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  7. Your bags are fab - really stylish :)

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  8. as always your bags are fabulous!

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  9. LOVE these bags!!! and thank you for linking up with TGIFF! Appreciate all the support!!

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  10. What a great gift! (BTW, I came in from TGIFF where I have a finish-of-sorts)

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  11. What a great gift! (BTW, I came in from TGIFF where I have a finish-of-sorts)

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  12. I love the fabrics you used for your bags. Though I'm no expert, have a look at Etsy's Seller Handbook, it really helps! http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/category/seller-handbook/

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  13. great totes! I'm sure your daughter's MIL will be very pleased :)

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