Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Non-Quilty Sewing Part 2

Part 1 got a bit long, so in Part 2 of my Non-Quilty Sewing report, I want to share the tote bag I made for the VMQG tote bag swap that's happening at the September 16th meeting:

Tote for VMQG swap

I used up the last of the paint dropcloth I purchased at Home Depot a while ago for the exterior of the tote and the straps. The bottom panels and the pocket were from a thrifted curtain panel. I love upcycling!

Inside, I lined the tote with some cute sewing pattern fabric that had been "curing" in ye olde stash for at least 6 years because I know I purchased it before having G. Time flies!

Tote for VMQG swap interior

I also installed a zipper in the lining, which I must admit I balk at every time and then it turns out to be not so giant of a deal. Why oh why do I do that to myself?

This tote is definitely on the larger side. It's 15" tall x 12" wide x 6" deep and the handles rise 15" from the bag (for ease of shoulder-slinging) - in the photo of the interior, it's got a folded lap-sized quilt in it and there's lots of room! I made it larger so that it could be used to tote quilts and larger projects to our VMQG meetings for show and tell! I hope the recipient loves it. I had fun designing it and stitching it up.


  1. The tote is lovely. I have that fabric on the inside or at least one very similar so it might not be that old.

  2. I, too, have some sewing related fabric "curing" in my cupboard. Thanks for the great idea on how to use it. Love your idea.

  3. I really love the crinkle look, I never thought I would be running to Homedepot for fabric, but its a must now. My husband said last night, are you finished buying fabric right now? To funny, I have to tell him NO now.. I love linen so this is perfect.

  4. I love the tote you made Felicity and am SO glad that I was the lucky recipient!! It really is an awesome bag. Thanks so much

  5. I love that lining fabric. I have yards of it. I used it as lining for a tote too!


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