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though i love my little sewing machine, it had a rough time dealing with such a stiff fabric...resulting in some impromtu stitching by hand

6.10.2010

i wanted to make a cute tote bag like this one.
i very quickly learned that my little amateur machine
wasn't ready for stiff upholstery fabric.
it hiccuped, stalled, got cranky, and refused to sew.

but first, i'll back up a bit.
i have been loving gray lately.
but i didn't want to be too depressing so
i thought i'd add a solitary solid yellow stripe...
maybe adding yellow handles,
and definitely a yellow inner pocket.

i was trying to be oh so exact with my measuring...something i usually speed through.





i even used straight-pins...another rare event. i usally like to eye things a little too much.

but i'm getting better...i even pressed the seams open, nice and flat!



the yellow pocket!

and my attempt to sew it all together by hand with pretty aqua thread.
but that wasn't going so well either.
so this project is on hold until i return from school at the end of july.
when i finish it, i will have a wonderfully sturdy beach tote
that will probably spend more time carrying books rather
than carrying towels, beach balls, or buckets.

5 comments:

Dancing Branflake said...

You are so amazing! I love how creative you are. It's so inspiring. And the combo of yellow and gray is very very French.

S and O said...

beautiful pictures :)
I love the fabrics the colors are so pretty...

xoxo
Olivia

Nedda Ebo said...

these pictures are so beautiful!
Can't wait to see it when it's finished :D

Mustart x

tywo said...

You are very creative.



LOVE!

ilwen said...

One of my plans for this autumn is get my Mum's old sewing machine out and make something of all the pretty fabrics I stored :) You're a true inspiration.