Friday, June 17, 2011

Keeping with the Banner Theme...

I've been on quite the banner kick lately: cards, bunting, a Banner Quilt, and now a tote bag!
This was a custom request from a fellow crafty gal in N. Kentucky I had met at the craft show I was a part of last December. Leslie is now putting together a MODERN craft show called Birds of a Feather Fair this coming November, I'm excited to be a part of it! If you're in the Ohio/Kentucky/Indiana area, check it out!

Anyhow, back to the bag:
I don't really use a tote bag pattern, I've made so many of them I know to cut the fabric about 20" tall and 18" wide, then I do french seams on all 3 sides, finish the top, and add straps - no biggie.
I pulled out some of my smallest pieces of scraps to make the little flags. The edges are finished so this bag can be washed and washed and the bunting should hold up for a long time!
I've been wanting to make my own bias tape so I bought a 1/4" size Clover at Joanns and used some of my Amy Butler quilting solid (kind of a taupe-y gray color) to make the line the bunting hangs on. The tape was a cinch to make! If you can't tell from the photo, the flags are free to flap in the breeze, they're only attached at the top! Fun!

Here's the back, same as the front, mainly. I did square off the bottom (aka adding "gussets") to give extra width to the bag, so it measures about 4" wide.

And... an inside pocket for good measure.
I'm thinking I may need a jumbo sized one for the pool this summer!
So now that this little project is done... I can start the Farmer's Wife QAL!!! Oh, you haven't heard of it? Well its all the rage... join in!!!
More about that tomorrow!


Laura said...

Cute, cute tote!!

I joined the FWQAL and I'm quickly getting obsessed with making the blocks. So.Much.Fun!

leslie said...

I hope you are prepared to make more!!! All the gals at play group today were DROOLING over my new bag!!!! And they were super excited to know you made it and can't wait to see you again in November :) Thanks again for the insanely awesome bag!!!

whatktmadenext said...

What a fab idea. I love the way the flags are free to flap about!

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Indianna said...

I love this idea - I think a big beach one would be fantastic for ST Ives this summer.