Monday, November 5, 2012

Two New Totes

I have two totes to share with you today!

The first is this simple reversible tote bag made using this tutorial from Skip to my Lou.
Swap Goodies for Lynn - Tote BagSwap Goodies for Lynn-Tote Bag (inside)
I made it for Lynn (fellow bee in the do Good Stitch's Wish Circle). She said she liked pink, blues and red, and I really like this combination! It was a good way to make a dent into my huge box of charm squares. Hope she likes it! 

It's been a while since I sewed something for myself. I think it was worth the wait....
I had to throw out my favorite purse a few weeks ago. I was using a big canvas tote as a temporary solution.
before tote
After two months of being annoyed that the straps were too long and everything sunk to a tangled mess in the bottom, I decided to give it a face lift.

Okay, maybe it was more than a facelift. It was a total reconstruction.
Finished Leaf Tote

I used the same basic construction/piecing from the Skip to my Lou tutorial.

I added a little hook for my keys, a pouch for my cell phone and divider in the center to hold pens and cards.
Finished Leaf Tote (inside)

It's my mona lisa.  Okay that might be a stretch, and it took a fair amount of trial and error, especially on the back pocket.
(see the blue 'extension' to the zipper ends?
It wasn't a mistake, it was a creative opportunity... cough cough)
Finished Leaf Tote (back) ww
but it's all mine and it makes me smile!

Leaf Tote Label

Does anyone else get this excited about having an organized purse?? 

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Mini Box Pouch (aka the webcam bag)

Some of you know that there have been some big life changes around here, not the least of which is that my hubby is working (and living) 170 miles away from me Monday-Friday.

We spent alot of time anxiously thinking about how this change would affect us and ultimately decided to try it for a year, so that we can each move closer to what we want to be,  professionally. 

We have "Skype dates" almost every night, so that we can see each other and talk to other about our day. Cute right? It's been a great tool for us... there was just one problem.

Or webcams didn't come with a case, and we didn't want them to get dirty or broken during his travel or around the apartment.

Enter a sewing solution!

I found this great tutorial from Sew Like My Mom.

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Look at her cute bag!
Her pattern finishes at a useful sized cosmetic bag (9″ long, 5″ tall and 5″ wide).

I used the methods and construction techniques but I scaled it down, and used only cotton fabric (no vinyl).

I used a 7 inch zipper, scaled the exterior/interior pieces to 7" x 11.5" and cut out 1.25" squares.
It finished at a fun little size, apx. (4″ long, 3″ tall and 3″ wide).

I had hubby pick out his fabric and it was kind of adorable to watch him walk around the store looking for the perfect combination. He did pretty well, I think. Don't you agree?  

So... I kind of love our his & hers webcam bags. And I love that we we can keep in touch during our time apart without having to worry about scratched lenses or tangled cords.

Have you modified or resized an already awesome tutorial? Or do you always play by the rules?