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single strap tote

I tried something today, a medium side-by-side tote with a single strap.  I don’t think this translates to a larger tote (??) but in a medium one, I think it works well!  Especially if it will be used to carry lighter weight items like sweater knitting….

I have another experiment going based on a modification to this bag, so keep watch….(and please forgive the charming background of the photos I take on my table – I seem to finish a lot of projects when there’s no sunlight in my preferred photo spot.

med side by side tote with one strap

p.s. if you look at this bag and the one below, can you see the color shift between two print runs of the same fabric?

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"spring bouquet" colors project bag commission

I’m happy with this bag – especially the side seams on this side.  I am nuts about side seams when they come out well.

spring bouquet colors project bag side seam

I also finished this “spoon” pattern fabric project bag – at the suggestion of M, but she knits sweaters, so I am working on something bigger for her….unless she wants this one.

spoon project bag closed

Then there’s a little shoulder bag out of the “office” pattern fabric.  Please forgive the wretched photography of the bag on top of a bolt of interfacing.  One goes where the light is.

office fabric handbag front

two custom bags

I’ve had a couple of requests for project bags from people who saw previous bags and I’ve been having such a good time making a bag for each of them (HI A and M!).

I was just moving along, working on each of them together and thinking about the linings I’ll cut next….and I looked down.  Ooh, pretty.

Now, each of these lovely women have an idea of what their bag might look like (M, if you want this one, it is yours – but I also have a larger pattern in mind for you), but neither is here standing next to me to see them emerge.  I felt I just had to post a progress pic.  Next up, lining fabric.

two knitting project bags

up, up, and away …

… in my faaaabric baaalooooon!

puffy project bag top

I made this poofy thing as an experiment with puffy interfacing and quilting weight fabric.  I really like the results, it is light, stands on its own, and seems big enough for a smallish project.

puffy project bag side seam

puffy project bag with yarn for scale

Yeah, “office” is a crap name for a fabric, I know.  Anyone have any suggestions?  I’m so glad to be getting some bags out of the way – they’ve all been waiting for me to finish them!

office pattern tote 1d

A total surprise, but this pattern has a little devil in it – see him?

office pattern tote 1e

I took these pictures without stuffing the bag (or doing a final pressing).  I just couldn’t wait.

I love this fabric.  I really, really do.  I have finally finished this tote as a sample, and I’m gonna keep it and make more!  More fabric is on order.

fall colors tote 2

I really like how the side seams came out perfectly matchy-matchy, though I don’t think this fabric requires being matched up, or maybe it does?

fall colors tote 6

Coordinated orange top-stitching thread on the outside and the thread on the inside matches the lining fabric (which is a curry-ish chartreuse).

fall colors tote 7

The fabric is so photogenic, I just can’t stand it.

I had to wait a while for new labels to arrive which felt like a ridiculously long time, and then my computer developed a fondness for tech guys.   I haven’t sewn for what, a week?   I’ve been focused on anything but finishing the works in progress.   I may need to learn not to want to keepevery bag I make.

The side by side tote (lame working name) in Peach came from some color inspiration I had when I realized that this bold purple and orange section of this fabric had some subtle bits of peach and teracotta in it.  I decided to play with that and ignore the screams of the bolder colors that would otherwise demand attention.  I’ve always liked the underdog.

peach side by side tote

peach side by side tote with Pear Ginger label

peach side by side tote with matched fabric panels

I tried to get these fabric panels to match, but they don’t quite exactly align.  Oh well, I embrace its wabi-sabi nature.

large pouch with spoonflower fabric

This pouch is made from the same fabric, but a different section.  I’m a big fan of blues and purples with moody browns – the colors here remind me of fall.

I am glad to get these off the work tables so I can test out the designs I was thinking about while I was making these bags and waiting for those danged labels.