Monday, April 30, 2012

A Chevron Tote

I did it! I made another bag! This one is for my wonderful friend Lisa—it was part birthday gift and part thank-you gift for a recent babysitting favor.

If you've been reading this blog for a while, you know that I've never been much for sewing three-dimensional items. If it doesn't lie as flat as a quilt, it scares me. But sewing more non-quilty items was one of my goals for 2012. Also, I've been dying to make a bag out of this yellow chevron fabric ever since I saw these Vera totes that Katie made. So I'm really excited that I finished this bag, and that it turned out so cute!

I used Betz White's Isabella Tote pattern (available here or here—I love that the pattern includes an option to make this bag out of a repurposed pillowcase). I wanted my bag to be more structured, so I added the optional interfacing, even though I was already using a heavier upholstery-weight fabric. I also did the optional Timtex-interfaced panel in the bottom of the bag. I would have liked to add a pocket on the inside and maybe a magnetic snap closure, but I ran out of time! (Because, as usual, making this bag was a total last-minute decision.)

The only thing I didn't like about the Isabella pattern is that, because of the way it's constructed, it isn't possible to line the bag in a different print. I would have liked a touch of contrast on the inside. But it's that same construction method that makes it such an easy bag to put together (and makes it possible to use a pillowcase), so I guess I can't complain about it too much.

Anyway, my friend loves it. In fact, she posted it on Facebook and I had several requests from her FB friends to make bags for them as well! What a nice compliment. But I think Lisa's tote will have to remain one-of-a-kind for a while (well, three-of-a-kind, counting Katie's inspirational bags), because I think I need to go back to nice flat quilts now. : )

P.S. The upholstery-weight yellow chevron fabric I used is on sale herefor $7.21 per yard for 54" wide cuts! What a deal! They have other colors as well.

40 comments:

  1. Lee, Fabulous bag!!!! I do usually do the 3-D sewing either ;o)

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  2. You've done a fabulous job on Lisa's tote! You seem to work well under pressure!

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  3. Beautiful!!! I think you've just sold a lot of chevron material. I'm going to go and look for a good deal myself! I wondered how it would look in a bag, and now I'm convinced I love it!

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  4. What a fun bag! I've been wondering what to do with some of my chevron prints.

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  5. It's beautiful! I love the fabric and such a pretty design for the bag! Not at all surprised you've had requests for more :)

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  6. Oh my, I just love this bag. I haven't done anything with Chevron but I think I am going to buy me some and make this bag for my daughter for mother's day. She is a "bag collector" and I really think she would love this!!!

    Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Woo hoo! This is so cute, Lee. I still love that chevron fabric.

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  8. Your bag is so beautiful! No wonder you've more requests! Great job!

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  9. Very cute bag! I love the yellow chevron! Perfect for summer!

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  10. cute bag...why can't you use different fabric inside? It still looks great and so perfect and roomy for summer.

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  11. looks great Lee!
    I'm trying to tackle a bag today, and I'm with you... 2 dimensional please! :)

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  12. I totally agree with you about the preference of flat versus 3-D. But your bag turned out great and I'm glad you gave the link for the awesome chevron fabric!

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  13. super cute! Love that chevron print, I'll have to check out that pattern!

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  14. AWESOME! Thanks for sharing. Don't you love zig-zags? Looks just like my blog background! http://snibblesandbits.blogspot.com/

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  15. Great bag! I love the yellow chevron print, it is perfect for summer!

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  16. This purse is so cute. I just love it and I will have to make one, too.

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  17. Gorgeous! I love the pretty yellow chevron fabric you chose.

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  18. Fantastic bag, love the zigzags. Happy stitching. Chris

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  19. Your bag looks fabulous! It's much more fun to want to make something than to have specific requests from people (at least in my opinion). I guess that sounds selfish but I don't mean it to!

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  20. I love the bag the colour is just right. Gotta love chevrons =D

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  21. Very cute! Lovely for Spring.

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  22. Great Fabric and Tote. I'd have to use Amy Butler if you can't use a seperate lining. I know it would be great just like yours!

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  23. Im a really good babysitter if you are looking! I love your bag- what a lucky friend.

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  24. Darling bag! I luv chevrons!

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  25. It turned out just great! Definitely an awesome gift for your friend, I'm totally not surprised that you're getting requests for more bags :)

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  26. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for using my Isabella pattern, I'm glad you had success with it!

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  27. Love it so much! Great bag, great fabric choice!

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  28. This turned out fantastic, Lee! Great job!

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  29. I love it!! When my Riley Blake Chevrons arrived all I could think about was making a bag..or two! Yours is just perfect!!

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  30. You must have triggered a run on the fabric, because they are all sold out. I love your bag. When I was up at my parents this weekend, their local quilt shop had a big display of the Riley Blake Chevrons and the Moda batch as well. Tempting, but I only had a carryon. They stayed there.

    That sunny yellow is so expressive and cheery--thanks for showing us!

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  31. eeep, I love it. Chevron are so Hot right now, That is a great gift!

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  32. Wow! Gorgeous bag. Thanks for the tip with the fabric - I may have to make one of these for my friend.

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  33. Love the bag. Love everything Chevron print. Very inspiring to make!

    Jess
    http://thedelightfulcrafter.blogspot.com/

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