Busy as the proverbial Queen Bee I was this weekend. Fullfillingly so. Getting so much done and being very pleased with the results. That's a good weekend in my book.
It was all about totes. well, Saturday morning was all aboiut totes, anyway. This is one I've been wanting to make for ages. I bought the fabric back in March but what with the craft sale and my mom and just stuff, I never got around to it. That's going to work out just fine however. I put this together Saturday morning. It's fashioned from the pattern in Lotta Jansdotter's Simple Sewing" book. It will be part of the graduation present for my niece. Isn't it fancy?
I saw this fabric in a magazine. Not exactly this print but one from the same artist whose name has completely gone out of my head. The fabric itself has glitter throughout it. I was afraid to wash it but it came through looking as good as it started out. Then I was afraid to iron it, but again, the heat didn't have any injurious affect on it. It's still as sparkly as ever. The bottom fabric is a from a shower curtain I bought ta Marshall's a couple years back. I bought four of them to use as tablecloths for my daughter's bridal shower. They are 100% cotton and a very nice weight. I can spare one. The colors matched perfectly with top fabric.
Although the original pattern was unlined, I decided that the tote would benefit from the weight of another layer of fabric. I pulled out this sweet pink corduroy and made a lining. I should have put a pocket or two inside but I didn't think of it until afterwards. It was early on a Saturday morning, after all. Next time.
Then, still on the tote train, I put this together. It's an idea from the most recent "Living" magazine. Roxanne reminded me about it the other day. A tote from a pillowcase. I used a king size case and made a queen-sized tote for the going to the library or the farmer's market. I couldn't show you a close up because my top-stitching skills are sorely lacking, but the books and the vegetables won't care. I added the bias trim because I didn't like just a turned over edge and because I just came into a boatload of the stuff. The contrast looks nice I think. This bag will get a lot of use this summer. I plan on checking out a lot of books from the library and walking (WALKING) to the farmer's market very Sunday. And it just looks so darn "Martha." I could definitely be convinced to make a couple more of these.
A really good and productive weekend. I've even got more to show you. We'll save it for tomorrow so I don't look like quite the show-off I really am. Later, sweet gators.