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Ok, so as if finishing the quilt and pillows and shams wasn't enough, I made something else. I'm quite proud of this one. Actually, I LOVE it. Totally without a pattern or instructions. Well, mostly, I had a template for the flower.
My Sunshine Bag! I crave the color yellow in the winter, I think because of the lack of sun. I was thinking about making a lap quilt, but then saw tutorial about making a quilted tote. I kinda ran with the idea and made my own.
Here is a close up of the quilting. The area around the flower is known as stippling. I did that on the back too.
The button closure and binding.
This is what the back looks like. It's actually a big mistake. I had tried to do one thing and found out that measuring accurately is very important. But I didn't want to throw away all that fabric, so I went with it. I think it looks neat!
A close up of the back quilting.
This is how I did the sides. That is one continuous strip under the bottom and through to the other side. I stitched in the ditch for the quilting here. You can also see the strap. I wanted something shorter than most tote bags offer.
Here shows the finishing I did on the outside seams. It's called a french seam, wherein the raw edges are enclosed. It gives the bag stability and durability. It also makes the bag look nicer. I did a basic liner for the inside. Nothing fancy, that's why I have no pics of it. I really like this bag and intend on using it for a long time! Now I need a makeup bag for the inside. Hmmmm. Got to start thinking of that.
What do you think?