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First Project - Tote Bag

Added Feb 11, 2014

by erinshmerin

Melbourne, Austr...




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This was my first project with my sewing machine. I began with the instructions in Diana Rupp’s ‘Sew Everything Workshop’ with a couple of alterations as I went along… a tote bag really isn’t a complex project, so these alterations were minor – a change in measurements to make the bag better suit my requirements etc.

Material Notes

As I intended to use this tote as a book bag, it was important to use fairly strong fabric; I went with a toile canvas, lined with a very light cotton. The handle was made from the same canvas, for strength.
Denim, corduroy, upholstery fabrics and wool/blends would also work well.




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    Feb 16, 2014, 03.40 AMby erinshmerin

    thanks everyone :) I ended up filling it up with individually wrapped gifts and giving it to my little sister for her bday – she loved it!

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    Feb 12, 2014, 06.45 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    You did a Great job – very nice bag :)

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    Feb 12, 2014, 09.01 AMby sarahsdaughter

    Well done a good way to start :)

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    Feb 12, 2014, 12.14 AMby slmnstyle

    Cute tote bag! Congrats on your first sewing project with your new machine! I’ve always loved toile too, something about it is fun and emotional. Enjoy it!

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