Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Sewing Tote

I am so excited about a new sewing group that is forming at my church! We are all going to get together and teach each other how to sew from patterns. I am really looking forward to it, but I realized that I need to get some things ready. My first task was to make a tote to carry all of my supplies. I found this cute tutorial for a Quilted Garden Tote on Sew, Mama, Sew and thought - Perfect!The front has some little quilted pockets for buttons and small notions.
Roomy interior for fabric and other big notions and tools. I added a pocket for patterns to the lining.
Here is the back. That big pocket is exactly the right size for my shears. I am mostly happy with it, although I'm not sure I'm in love with the handle length and placement. Ah well. I can't wait to put it to use!

This is my first real attempt at quilting anything. First may I ask, What is with the 1/4 inch seam allowances!?! I am so not that precise! Other than that, it all went OK. I can really see where a long arm quilting machine would come in handy for a big quilt. Even for quilting this small bag, I was bunching up fabric under my machine.

2 comments:

  1. 1/4 inch seam allowances are for less bulk, I think. And they need to be pretty precise or pieces may not line up or blocks may not be close in size.

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  2. Very cute bag...love the inside lining fabric. I'm jealous that you're going to have a sewing group. I only wish I could find something like that around here. You'll have to let us know how the first GTG goes.

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