As you may have read earlier this month I took part in a blog sew along. Trying to improve my sewing skills which I am doing slowly I thought this to be the perfect chance to do so...without having to buy a pattern and also because there were step by step instructions. So for all my fellow sew along pals....here are my totes! (yes, I made more than one).
This I made for a friend who has a birthday..today in fact! Hoping she does not read this post before I give it to her. Notice I added the flower to the rim rather than an bow from the ribbon.
I did take a short cut and rather than hand sewing the top ribbon all the way around, I thread it through the belt loops and then ran a diagonal stitch through the middle of each strap end to secure it. I did this on all the bags.
This next tote I made for my niece who just turned 13 a couple of weeks ago. Fun tween prints and a perfect little bag for her sunscreen, Ipod, a book her swimsuit and such.
and finally this last tote I made for myself. I added an outside pocket as I like to keep my keys handy. I backed it with a heavier fleece interfacing and it is lined, the top is gathered with elastic. Not to thrilled with the "2" flowers, I should have only used one. Note to self...when using fabric glue be absolutely sure of placement and whether you want it placed at all cause once you get it on the fabric there is no washing it off!! Lesson learned...I changed up the pockets inside, and rather than using a ribbon on the top through the loops I made one using the coordinating fabric. The ric rac on the bottom has been replaced with a wider grosgrain ribbon that was sewed on with the machine on both top and bottom of the ribbon. My side panels were not matching well so this was the better alternative as the ric rac would not have covered the mismatched seams.
So there you have it. Thanks so much to I Got The Notion for hosting this sew along. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun, so thank you!!