When I saw these vintage-look fabric panels in a quilt shop last spring, I just loved everything about them. The neutral colors, the sweet images, the vintage-photo look. So they took their place in the sewing room awaiting their time, which arrived last week. We had a guild program on sewing an easy tote bag. I machine quilted the panels using the serpentine stitch and a thread with just a bit of glint in it. So that was simple enough.
Then we watched the demo which included how to create the stand-up bag bottom and the use of the woven nylon webbing for handles. The handiest tip for using the webbing is to slightly burn the ends of the cut pieces of webbing. This melts the fibers and keeps them from unraveling. I made the small tote which seems to be my favorite size. It holds a project, books, and other items without becoming too bulky or heavy.
Here are the images from the other side of the tote. I'm sure this will get plenty of use. I often use the tote bag method of filing and storage and there's already an assortment doing duty in the sewing room. The totes have nearly become a collection all by themselves.
I was surprised when I saw that it had been several weeks since I last posted on the blog. Where does the time go? It's nearly October, and that promises to go by as fast with a quilting retreat and a travel opportunity coming up.