Thursday, December 26, 2013
52 crafts // echino tote
Yet another project I've made as a Christmas present. My mom is the lucky new owner of this tote. I came up with the design and pattern myself. We both love echino fabrics and linen so naturally I used both in this project. I started with a bunch of echino fabrics and determined the width of the strip by the size of the green bike fabric.
I just love how bright and summer-y it looks. I'll definitely have to make a similar one for me - once I found a source of high-quality linen in Germany! [other than flea markets...]
I made the handles long enough that the tote can be carries on your shoulders or in one hand. The lining is a repurposed bed sheet and the cute pink polka dot pockets are ideal for cell phones, keys, etc.
I used a lightweight fusible interfacing to five the bag some stability without adding too much weight and bulk - it's suppose to be a tote that can be carried around to flea markets, the grocery store, etc.
I'm sorry about the picture quality - we're having a very rainy Christmas over here so we had to wait for the rain to stop for a few minutes to hurry outside and snap some pictures in my grandma's garden. This bag is definitely my favorite gift I made this year - do you know those gifts that you'd love to keep yourself and you're having a real hard time giving them to the recipient? This tote is definitely one of those and I'm glad I decided to make it and finally use some of my beloved echino fabrics. They're too pretty to stay hidden in my closet!
This is project #39 of 52 craft projects I'm attempting to complete in 2013. You can see all the other projects I've complete so far here.