Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Lavender Tote Bag

Yesterday I slipped over to the Dorell Fabric Outlet and picked up this bit of lovely... for free.


They have two big bins filled with free fabric remnants. The first one is free, others are two bucks a piece. I also bought a piece of fake suede.

I was inspired by this pattern on "Weekend Designer" an awesome blog with all kinds of free lovely patterns and advice. Go check it out. I'll wait. (Though it may take you an hour or two, there is so much glorious stuff there.)


Once I got home I started cutting and we were off to the races...

 The fabric was a lovely light purple, the color Arwen might wear.

The bag came out okay. The overall shape is a little big and boxy, great for carrying books or art supplies but incongruous for such a feminine fabric. I may add a few outside pockets for cell phones and pens and sew on some foofy bits like lace or something. I don't know. What I was most experimenting with was how the thick and thin fabrics worked together.

I did the lining in matching plum colored linen.

Dorell also had a remnant of this strange fabric that I really liked for five dollars. I just don't know what I'd do with it. I may go back a snag it if I can think of something. There was about a yard and a half. Suggestions, anyone?

Sewing mania continues. What's next? Time will tell.... Marilyn

In Seattle you haven't had enough coffee until you can thread a sewing machine while it's running.  ~Jeff Bezos


  1. That bag is screaming "PLUM FRINGE"!!!!

    1. Ha ha ha! Yes! Or some lace ala Stevie Nicks. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Regina! And you can't beat the price point. :-)

  3. I like the idea of lots of pockets and maybe large buttons.
    (but then I LIKE buttons. :) )

  4. Great tote bags. I like making a fashionable tote bags.