The Professional Tote

Thursday, May 30, 2013


In setting out to organize my closet, I found a quilt kit of Australian prints that I purchased at Best of Valley a couple of years ago. I'm so glad I never cut these fabrics up into pieces! There was just enough to make make this bag, and I have a beautiful black Australian print left that I need to find some accent colors for to make another bag.


The pattern calls for 1-1/8 yards of fabric at 44 inch width for the main print but the Australian fabric was only 40 inches in width and this pattern really needs that extra couple of inches! Luckily, I had a little over 2 yards and was able to make do. I fussy cut the prints as much as I could, but notice the fabrics are not perfectly centered as I would like. I would have needed about 3 yards to get perfect centering because the prints and repeats were so big. But I love how the fabrics look on the bag ... the colors are so bold and eye-catching!

Here's a little peak of the inside. Sorry the picture isn't the best. It was hard to capture all the pockets. The inside of the bag is also Australian prints and part of the quilt kit. I have just enough fabric in these four prints to make some nice accessories, maybe an eye glass case, a wallet, and coin purse.


The black and off-white Anna Griffin print bag below is the first bag I made. I bought some zippers from Zipit on Etsy for this bag and those zippers are so much nicer than the ones from Joanns that I used on the yellow bag. I will be patient and wait for a zipper order by mail before setting out to make another bag!



The next bag project is going to use up some of my huge pile of leftover batting. It's a pattern from Aunties Two called Bailey Island Hobo and it uses 2-1/2 inch strips of fabric and 2-1/2 inch strips of batting. I can't wait to get started!


1 comment:

  1. Your Professional tote in those Australian print turned out fantastic, Bonnie! You are always so inspiring with your attention to detail and eye for flair always present in your fabric choices. I'm looking forward to seeing your rendition of the Bailey Island Hobo - it looks like a fun way to use up LA leftovers! By the way, Merry Christmas to you and yours! Marci

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