Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Tote Bag Tuesday

I know today is Wednesday, but yesterday was Tote Bag Tuesday at my house.  My daughter has been asking me to make her a tote bag like this one, in fabrics she selected, and I finally got around to it yesterday.  This is the Forty-Minute tote from Purl Bee, but I timed myself, and it took me forty minutes just to cut out the fabric, and a full two hours to make the thing start to finish.  Why am I so slow?

Anyway, here is her bag:

Isn't it pretty?  Those shades of blue and green are her favorites.  I'm not sure how durable embroidered batik will be for a tote bag, but she is thrilled.

Then, since I had the sewing stuff out, I decided to sew another tote bag that I've been wanting to make for a friend.  This one is Alicia Paulson's Jane Market Bag.  It's fun to select fabrics for these bags.  I made a bunch of them a few years ago when the pattern first came out, which you can see in my needlework set on Flickr.  I like the brown and pink color combination in this one.

The Jane bag took me three hours to make start to finish.  I didn't remember the earlier ones taking quite so much time, but maybe they did.

Five hours on two tote bags yesterday made the day earn the title Tote Bag Tuesday.  It was 100 degrees here yesterday, so it was nice to have an excuse to sit inside and keep cool.