You know by now this isn't a "craft" blog, although you probably also know by now that I am a fan of all things artsy and craftsy! So, I just had to share my latest little project, the tote bag pictured above.
Here's the back story. A girlfriend invited me and several other friends to her home for a two-evening quilted tote bag class. This was supposed to be two classes of 2 hours each: four hours total. The teacher, "Miss Nancy", gave us handwritten instructions copied onto pink paper. I am not a sewing newbie, yet I was perplexed and often lost during the class. We stayed late (very late!) both nights, and still had about 10 hours of "homework" to do on our own. I kid you not! It did come out adorable, but there is just NO WAY I wanna spend THAT MUCH TIME on a tote bag, no matter how stinkin' cute it is!
As we were making this tote, I kept getting ideas on how it could be done easier and faster. So when the class was over and the tote fiiiiiiiiinally done... I decided to put my money where my mouth is and make a second bag, trying out my ideas. *SUCCESS!* Yep, the second bag, using my "tweaked and revised" directions, only took a few hours, start to finish. It was a very fun and "instant gratification" type of a project. Just the kind I like when I don't want to make a long term commitment to a quilt! LOL!
So with many thanks and all-due-respect to Miss Nancy, herein I present...
Then, using a walking foot with a guide, quilt the tote body in a diagonal “grid” pattern, with lines 1” apart. (NOTE: If you don’t have a walking foot with a guide, you will have to mark ALL of your grid lines.)
Press, “square up” and trim batting even with tote body.
Carefully measure and cut tote body in half crossways, making 2 pieces, each 18” x 11”.
Press each seam toward bottom and topstitch on bottom 1/4" inch from seam.
If you like this bag, please feel free to leave me a comment and let me know. And if you make one of your own, I would love to see what you've done!
And before I end this post, and because you also know that I am certifiably CAT CRAZEEE, I just haaaaad to share a couple of pictures of my chief sewing companion and right hand helper, my Ragdoll kitty Bentley (aka "Squeak"). OK, HOW FUNNY IS HE???!