A Quick Little Tote Bag
Back in March, my friend Laura sent me a special block she made using some fabrics from Africa. Not only was it nice of her to send it to me, but using the last of that special fabric means a lot to me. Colorful and vibrant fabrics make up her block. What to do with this piece to highlight it and honor it is the question I pondered. Then, a squirrel left a nugget nut planted from Chris at Chris Knits and Sews. She’s been making tote bags for her daughter’s impending wedding. Hmm, a tote bag.
Tote Bag Decision
Sue asked me how I planned on using this block from Laura? She was informed that I pictured a tote bag about the size of a laptop computer. Her mom and dad recently purchased a MacBook which I set up for them. I sent the computer home in this handy tote bag from Barnes & Noble that my sister gave me years ago. I could see the writing on the wall that this bag wasn’t being returned but it is a nice, handy size.
We took a few measurements and before you knew it, a project was born and completed.
Tote Bag Specifics
The block that Laura sent measured 12.5″ unfinished. Three-inch borders were added to all four sides of the special block.
Three sides were sewn together as a backing in a matter of minutes as well as for a simple lining. We had picked up some cotton strapping when Chris’ totes became too numerous to ignore (she made about 100, give or take) to use as handles.
A Tote Bag to Admire and Use!
After top-stitching around the top edge, the tote bag was complete! I didn’t even quilt it but I guess I could add some after-completion quilting?!
It’s hard to tell in this photo but the corners have been squared off. There was a debate about the length of the straps – should they be long enough to put over your shoulder? In the end, we opted out of the shoulder length and I cut them about 14″. I am so happy to have this new bag that stylishly features this improv block from a friend. This is another finish for the third quarter and we’ve only just started the second month!
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