What better "Welcome to Paradise" gift than a beach tote complete with beach towel and a couple magazines? Her favorite color is blue, so I tried to stick to blue, navy, and aqua.
I just love the lining fabric! I used up nearly all that I have of this chevron. I may have to get some more.
As I mentioned previously, I took the Craftsy Class, Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags, a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I made my first bag a couple of weeks ago, but wanted to tinker with the pattern a bit. I choose to shorten the length of the bag a bit, which brought the center section up so it wasn't quite so low.
With the first tote, I had the feeling that if it really were full of stuff, some of it might fall out because the midsection was so much lower than the sides. I also lengthened the straps a couple of inches. The original tinker tote had plenty of room for my arms to fit through the straps and I wasn't bothered by where it fell on my hip, I just didn't want it right up under my armpit. Again, if the bag was actually full of stuff, this area might be a little uncomfortable. Plus, since I altered the height of that midsection anyway, I needed a tad bit more room.
One more alteration I made....I inserted some Peltex into the bottom of the bag, after I boxed the corners, but before I put the lining in. When you make the bag, you have a large bulky seam at the bottom of the bag. It didn't bug me too much, but I thought if I could eliminate the bump it created, it would be better, right? I simply cut a rectangle of Peltex roughly the size of my boxed bottom, and sewed it in place as best I could right through the seam on the bottom of the bag. I didn't want it accidentally shifting, so I felt some stitches were necessary, but I didn't worry too much about going deep into the corners. It was an awkward part to sew as it was. The Peltex just smoothed out the bottom enough that you don't feel that bulky seam. It had the added benefit of giving even more support to the shape of the bag.
I can still say that I highly recommend Quilt-As-You-Go: Patchwork Bags! I know a sale is right around the corner, it would be an excellent grab at a good price. Personally, I can't wait to try the technique on some other things.
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