Monday, February 20, 2012

Quilted Tote Bags

I made a tote bag using quilt blocks like these a few years ago. I was asked if I could make a similar bag on commision, using purple fabric for the handles, sides and bottom of the bag. So here is what I came up with~
This is the bag I made for Felicia. I made even better handles on her bag than I did on my own. I learn more with each thing I make and then make improvements the next time.
This is the other side of the bag. I made the block in the lower right corner with the jam and fruit print. I added tiny purple buttons around the 4 black corners that form a diamond, and a square purple button that I stacked a square yellow button on top and a tiny turquoise button on top of that.

Here is a close-up of the buttons.

I made a large inside pocket that I added a strip of the purple polka dot fabric on the top of the lining fabric as an accent, and also added my label. Felicia seemed to like her bag a lot and I found a good home for those quilt blocks so it worked out well for us both.
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  1. Your bags are gorgeous. The square in a square is perfect for those novelty fabrics

  2. Wow!! What a great pictorial post of all your work. So, so nice. You do amazing work!

  3. Hi D
    Meet Carol.
    I'm leaving a comment here so it won't get lost in "35" comments on your newest post. Sew Many sent me here and she was right. You have a great blog!

    So, you'll get to know me if you want to 'cause I most always comment. Have a great day. You're going to be busy replying to all those comments ~lol~
    xx, Carol

  4. LVOE your tote bags! What a special way to use blocks from an exchange.

  5. I really enjoyed seeing your quilts and bags etc. There are that sre close to things that I have made in the past too. Loved seeing your new sewing room too!

    Thanks for sharing.

  6. Hi Daryl, I just finished checking out your most recent post with all those gorgeous quilts! I love quilts and quilting, but bags are really my THING, so when I saw this post about bags, I had to jump on it! Gorgeous! Love all the detail in them!

    Now I'm off to check out more of your stuff! Stop by and check out mine when you have a minute!


  7. Love these bags!!! Nice work :o)

  8. I really like the quilt with the hearts and little house. I've never seen one quite like that. I also like your quilted bags. Your work is so nice! I hope you will visit my blog soon.

  9. I think this totes my favorite. Am inspired to say misc leftover blocks for s new tote.


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