Wednesday, December 30, 2009

the gift of a totebag

I had been wanting to make this bag for months. It is called the Apple Picking Tote, which is a free pattern on the Purl Bee blog. It is made from this gorgeously thick, soft, and strong linen, and with cotton binding for straps that go all the way around and under the bag. It is unlined but has finished seams, which makes it charmingly rustic and elegant. I found the pattern to be very clear and well-conceived. My only issue was that the linen shrunk a LOT, so although I thought I purchased enough for two bags, I was left with not nearly enough. I gave this one away, but really want to make more!

I created my own pattern for this totebag, also a gift. The exterior consists of a Japanese heavyweight printed cotton as a main fabric, with a basic linen on the base. The lining of the bag and handles is a lightweight cotton print.

This last bag was made with same basic pattern I drafted for the bag above. This is also made with a Japanese heavyweight cotton with small animal motifs, and on the base and handles, some of the same thick linen as the Apple-Picking Tote. It is lined with lightweight cotton.

For both of these self-patterned bags, I double-stitched (or even triple-stitched) all the seams for long-lasting durability. I will be curious to see how well they hold up over time. For now, I love how all of these bags turned out!


A Country Farmhouse said...

Sharon, I don't know how you do it! Your bags are gorgeous...of course my favorite is the green and linen one xoxoxoxo I will forever think of you when I use it. xoxoxo Happy New Year dear friend. Love, Trina

Queenplinker said...

I love your sewing projects! I gave a lot of totes this year, fun to give and everyone seem to really appreciate them. That last one, with the squirrels and ponies...tooo cute! You have a great eye for fabric.