Saturday, December 3, 2016

Re-Purposed 'Skirt Totes'- Part 3

As with my earlier project...

 ...I trim off the skirt waistband...


                                                      ...and fashion a lining...



                                         ...from a cheerful piece of cotton fabric.



                                   Squaring off the bottoms of the bag and lining...



                                             ...and pinning the two together...

                                                  ...in preparation for sewing.



                                            Painters' tape is used for marking...

                                ...and the straps are clipped into place for stitching.



                                                     The finished tote (back)...



                                                              ...and front...



                                                     ...with its festive lining...



                                                       ...(here in close-up)!



                               Because this bag is to be used as an 'airplane tote'...



                                                     ...I add a zipper panel...



                                                       ...for extra security.



                                        Next time: the third and final (green) one!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Re-Purposed 'Skirt Totes'- Part 2

Turning the project...


                                                           ...right-side out...



                                           ...and tucking the lining into the bag...

                                ...prior to top-stitching around the mouth of the tote.



                             Choosing a coordinating color of leather for the straps...



                                      ...and fashioning them, using a rotary cutter.



                               Stitching the straps in half along most of their length...



                                              ...and then splaying out the ends...



                                                          ...for attachment.

                                           (This process is repeated on side two.)



                                                 The finished bag (back side)...



                                  ...displaying its whimsical double gauze lining...



                                              ...and the front side with key ring...

                                            ...(formerly, part of the skirt closure).



                                                 Next time: I start a blue one! :)

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Re-Purposed 'Skirt Totes'- Part 1

After finding several skirts that I no longer wear...

...during an 'organizing binge' one day...

...I decided to create a few tote bags.


                               Removing the waistband with a pair of sharp shears.



                                             Cutting two pieces of lining fabric...



                                            ...just slightly larger than the skirt.


                   
                    Pinning the lining fabric layers together at the sides and bottom...



                                              ...and stitching them together...

                                  ...(leaving a small opening in the lining for turning).



                        Squaring off the bottoms of both the skirt and the lining insert.



                         Placing the lining inside the skirt (with right-sides together)...

                                                    ...and pinning it into place.



                               Machine stitching the inside of the tote to the outside.



                                           Trimming off the excess lining fabric.



                                         Next time: leather handles are added...

                                            ...and the project is completed.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Monofilament Fishing Line Tote- Part 2

My beautiful friend, Deb...

...working hard on her own nuno pre-felt project.


                                                    Mid-way through felting.



                                        The finished tote in Deb's glorious studio.



                             Our fishing line experiment didn't go quite as planned...



                                 ...since it only produced a small amount of 'wiggle'...



                                                  ...in our completed projects.



                                   We had a wonderful time making them, though...



                                       ...and I'm pleased with the surface design...



                                         ...of this capacious and functional tote!



Thursday, November 24, 2016

Monofilament Fishing Line Tote- Part 1

Laying out a large piece of nuno pre-felt...


      ...and taping twists of monofilament fishing line to one half of the wool surface...

                                            ...with easy to remove painters' tape.



                              Basting the line to the pre-felt with small hand stitches...



                                                  ...and then sandwiching it...



                                          ...between the top and bottom layers.



                                 After folding the project in half (to enclose a resist)...

                         ...the sides of the tote are stitched together with wool yarn.



                     Narrow pieces of yarn-embellished pre-felt are added as straps...



                                                  ...and as surface decoration...



                            ...and small rubber bands are used to gather the pre-felt...

                                                    ...for additional interest.



                                                     Wetting out the project...

                                                   ...in preparation for felting.



                                                 Next time: the finished tote!