Monday, September 10, 2018

House Tote Bag & Fabric Folder

Welcome to My House is a fun blog hop brought to you by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Rules are simple Carol says, "Just put a House on it" whatever you make. Okay I can do that because I love houses.

I made a huge sized tote bag that I put a house on or rather more like a little village of houses on, lol! I have seen similar styles of these online and have wanted to make one, so this was the perfect opportunity to give it a go. Most of these little villages are completely round, so I made mine a bit different by adding a hill made of rickrack.
Here is my House tote bag. Well it's more of a Village than just a house! I added a black base to the tote and sewed scrappy batiks on the sides. The village is mostly all batik fabrics too.

A couple of trees and clouds were added as well.


A recessed zipper keeps everything inside this tote from coming out.

Open wide! A zippered pocket plus a slip pocket are inside the tote too.

I divided the slip pocket by sewing 2 pen pockets.

On the back of the tote bag I made a slip pocket using a heart orphan block and I used jumbo rickrack around it.


I used foam stabilizer so the tote stands up on it's own and a zippered top closure too. It is a super roomy tote. Not sure if I will keep or sell this one, since I have so many bags already, but I can't stop making them!!! It's my therapy along with making quilts, so even if it doesn't sell, it's cheaper than paying for therapy, right? LOL!!!

The next project I have been working on is writing a pattern of my own, a Patchwork Fabric Folder, that I am now selling on Craftsy.com The folder instructions show you how to make the folder using an orphan quilt block or sewing scraps to make a patchwork background and adding an applique over it. You could also just make the entire thing in one fabric too. So while I do not include any applique designs in the pattern itself, you could make any small quilt block that you want, pieced or appliqued for the front. I chose to make a small house block for the front of this folder.

My little applique house on the front of the Patchwork Fabric Folder I made.
If you would like to create your own Patchwork Fabric Folder, you can go to my Craftsy store to purchase the pattern. There are 2 pockets inside to hold papers and a pen. The folders make great gifts and you can choose to use an orphan block, add an embroidered block by hand or machine, fussy cut a fabric, or make all out of one fabric. So many possibilities to be creative and use up those fabric scraps in the process!

Psst: I have a free tutorial to show how to Sew a Scrappy Background on Craftsy too.

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39 comments:

  1. Daryl, what fun projects! I love the tote. What's better than one house - a village, of course. In addition to the houses,the clouds, trees, and ricrac add to the whimsy of the front. Then, I saw the heart block and had no idea that it was an orphan block and more ricrac. Do you think I like ricrac, too? I like the zipper closure inside. I need to use the zipper closure on my purse more. If I have to stop suddenly, my purse crashes to the floor and all my goodies go spilling. The house on the folder is adorable, too! Thanks for participating in the hop and keeping the hop going at a phenomenal pace. I know now that I just have to work on a house quilt since I love them. All these house projects are inspiring me.

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  2. What a super adorable little village of houses and trees, Daryl. Adding the block to a tote is a fun idea too. I also admire all those round projects of many houses. So your variation is great new inspiration.

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  3. Both of your projects are fantastic! I love how you did the village on the bag, as well as all the other design/construction choices you made. And the Patchwork Fabric Folder is really fun, and so useful as well.

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  4. Oh my goodness, both of these are so cute! I love the little village and all the happy colors. I love bags; you can never have enough, right? Thanks for sharing this!

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  5. Neat projects!!! I especially LOVE the tote bag! Both projects are great for using some scraps. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I LOVE this bag, one of my favorites you've ever made. The village is perfect i love the way it looks like houses around the world. To put that image on a large bag is a great combination and you added zippers and pockets. Great job you are such an inspiration. Now i'm going to check out the blog hop.
    thanks tara

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  7. This bag is one of my new favorites of yours...I love it! The colors, the style, everything about it is perfect. I know I've told you before, but you really do rock this bag making thing. Thanks for hopping with us and for hanging around with me for so many years. xo

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  8. Your bag is adorable! Love the bright colors! Thank you for sharing today.

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  9. Fabulous tote. Love the way you made the village your own.

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  10. Love your tote bag. I bought a pattern for houses in a round...something on that order. I really need to dig it out and work on it. That headliner foam is perfect for so many things. I find I'm using it all the time now.

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  11. Absolutely love the Tote! Our quilt guild did a class on making journal covers - a lot of fun.

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  12. You really do sew some lovely totes and they are very useful! These houses are so fun!

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  13. What a beautiful tote! The houses, trees and clouds are so sweet. Glad you are part of the hop?

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  14. Love nice big totes. Especially ones with houses on them. I’m so glad you posted this.

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  15. What a great idea to put the village on your tote. I absolutely love it!

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  16. This is a nice tote but the addition oof the "Village" turns it into wonderful

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  17. Very cute. A great bag for the Farmer's Market.

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  18. What a wonderful Welcome to my House block! Your village is too inspiring and making it in to a bag with another orphan block is perfection! So nice to find another new to me blogger

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  19. Your bag is just perfect, great colors and beautiful wonkey houses. Thanks for sharing!

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  20. Hi Daryl! I LOVE,LOVE, LOVE your bag!! Well done you!

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  21. Great totes! I especially love the village of houses bag. So cute! Your totes are wonderful and I just may have to buy your patchwork fabric folder. These would make great gifts!

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  22. Your Village is sew cute and so bright and fun-you'll get tons of compliments when you use it.

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  23. The tote bag with the village is so bright & happy! But I really love the little house on your folder!

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  24. You've made 2 really cute projects. Love the houses - especially the partial round one on the bag. You add so many neat ideas to your bags - love that.

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  25. I love the village. I need to do my Dresden Neighborhood someday. Love the idea of houses on totes.

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  26. Cutest little village ever! Looks like a fun, roomy tote. I love using foam stabilizer in my bags too.

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  27. Such a cute little village! Love the whimsical nature of it! But I love the heart on the back too! Great job! Your bags are just beautiful!

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  28. Beautiful tote bag and pretty fabric folder! I like the way you made the wedge houses so they look like they are on a hill. Thank you for sharing in the hop ... :) Pat

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  29. Love that purse. Would love if the world could be a "neighborhood". Well done. Thanks for sharing.

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  30. Wonderful village, Daryl on a very useful bag - I love it!

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  31. That is a super tote bag and I love your fun village on a hill! fantastic! :)

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  32. What a great bag! Love the little houses in your village too! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Such a cute and fun bag to carry!

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  34. That's a fantastic tote bag! Love the design of houses on a hill :) xx

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  35. The tote is perfect! More of your signature decorative stitches and so much detail. I'd have to keep this one.

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