I’ve been putting off this project for a long while now, which is so silly! For quite some time now I’ve needed a few new reusable shopping bags to bring along with me to the grocery store and whatnot. I have a few of the store-bought kind that were given to me as prizes, promotions, etc., but I really needed something a lot bigger to fully round out my collection and handle some of the bigger things I buy.
I don’t know why I put off making one for so long, seeing as how I had plenty of fabric and it would have gone quickly. But I finally decided no more procrastinating. I figured if I was going to take the project seriously I would take the bag a bit more seriously too. The main body of the bag is quilting cotton reinforced with some quilt batting, but the sides and bottom are vinyl for extra strength and so I don’t have to worry about the cotton getting dirty. The handles go all the way down the side of the bag so they’re held on strongly, and they’re extra wide so they don’t cut into your shoulder when you’re carrying something heavy. I’ve found that this thing can tackle even the biggest jugs of milk or detergent that I buy from the wholesale club :B
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I was in the mood to make another dainty-looking purse again ^w^ This time I made use of some tiny scraps such for the corner patches, while the top section is made from the last bit of faux suede paisley that I’ve had since high school! I used it to make a long jacket initially, and I’ve been using the leftovers for other little crafts ever since. I’m kind of a sucker for putting together purple and gray, so the rest of the details for this purse just came together from there. I wanted something that looked a little feminine but also classy :B
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I must admit, while I really like the finished look of this tote bag, I think its purpose was more to destash little leftovers than anything else. I just started grabbing little bits of fabrics I had leftover and found that they really started to look good together! This especially goes for the store-bought wooden handles, the braided cording, and the velvet ribbon (used to attach the handles). I was able to finally get them out of my stash, but on the plus side they all match beautifully 😀
This bag itself is made out of strips of various fabrics for this awesome layered look, the top has purchased handles that are attached via velvet ribbon, and the sides cinch up with some braided cording that gives some texture to the final tote ^-^
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It’s Miyazaki again! I’m sorry, I couldn’t help myself >w< I started out with this fun dotted print and thought it would look adorable with some white contrast bits. I was particularly excited about the idea of corner patch pockets on the tote, and while I was doing white contrasts, the idea to incorporate the chibi Totoro came to mind. While I love big Totoro like crazy, the Susuwatari and chibi Totoro are my favorite characters from My Neighbor Totoro I think x3 I actually have a plush of a chibi Totoro myself that I keep on my desk. So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to put them on something. I think the finished tote is just the perfect size for a trip to the library or to the yarn store ^-^
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Yes, I’m bringing back more Miyazaki x3 As much as I would have liked to do another character, the colors in this print that I had so much of just couldn’t stop reminding me of a Miyazaki color scheme – very earthy yet bright but not overly saturated. This dark brown faux suede that I thought matched perfectly made me think of what soot sprites would look like in a different color. So this is the result!
It’s a very huge tote bag that’s perfect for carrying around loads of groceries or other shopping, and the handles have an adorable shape to them that I thought was fun to come up with.
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Here’s a really flirty, feminine bag for you pink lovers out there 😀
These aren’t the usual sorts of bags I design, but I thought I’d try something that looked a little fancier and less utilitarian than what I usually make.
The fabric was some leftover plaid from a pair of pants I made a long long time ago. It has a delightfully preppy look to it which is what inspired the style of the bag. The pocket is bound with some leftover lace I had while the inside has a set-in zipper.
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Whew! I’ve been busy all week working on cleaning up the sushi plush patterns for my Monthly Crafting Challenge. So there was no post mid-week, but I’m back for what I hope to be a weekly thing — that is, Freebie Fridays ^w^
Here’s #3! I think I’m on a roll!
Both the outer fabric and lining were leftover from some projects I made from previous books I’ve written. There was just so much! So I didn’t completely use up the fabric 😦 Better luck next time. I don’t even remember what I had the zipper around for, all I know is I’ve had this bright green zipper around forever and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to use it for something.
I’m a sucker for interesting pocket shapes and weird zipper angles so I wanted to have that here for sure with such bright and funky colors like lime green and magenta. This is a very roomy bag with a circular bottom, perfect for taking to the beach or pool I think. The slanted front pocket gives it an interesting look and is perfect for stashing away your sunglasses or lotion 😀
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