Monday, February 28, 2011

A "Tote Tale"- Final Tote Project (For Now)

Inside-out layout.

 


Cutting out the handle after felting and drying.

 


Finished bag with stitched handle.

 


The reverse side.

 


After the debacle of my last tote bag...

...I decided to take it a little easy this time, and eschewed the lace.

Since this is a gift for a green-loving friend of mine...

...I did, however, choose to stay in the same color family.

Like the tote which became the cat bed...

...I built this one from the inside-out.

It's especially important when 'working blind' like this...

...to mark the place where you'll make a cut to remove the resist.

(Notice the red wool spot in the first photo?)

It's also important that you think through the placement and orientation of the initials...

...or you can easily find yourself with a reversed image and a ruined project.

I cut the handle wider this time...

...in order to make it a bit sturdier.

I folded the edges to the center...underneath...and handstitched it...

...flattening and minimizing the seam for comfortable use.

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15 comments:

vilterietje said...

as a green lover i whished my initials would be LL:)
i'm thinking of making one myself!
love, riet:)

Heather Woollove said...

Riet--You should definitely try one. They are fun to make, and you can shape them while drying (with towels), so that the bottom is just the size and shape you want!!

vilterietje said...

thanks heather, i can always shout for help n the internet:)
love, riet:)

Nancy said...

You did a wonderful job. It's beautiful and what a wonderful gift for your friend.....

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Nancy! I may have ruined the surprise for her, since she often reads this blog, yet I haven't actually managed to give it to her yet...:)

FeltersJourney said...

Its lovely Heather! I really like this style - think I shall have to make myself one :)

Zdolność-tworzenia said...

Jeśli to wszystko robisz sama to jesteś tytan pracy i pomysłów. Dzięki za wszystkie instrukcje obsługi filcu.

Heather Woollove said...

Thanks, Deborah--Yes-do try one!Since the size of the resist determines the bag size, I think if you scaled it down a bit, they would make cute cosmetic/hair care bags, too!
Zt-thanks for your faithful comments!

Patty Biermans said...

As all the people befor me...I ove the design and I want to make this bag (in red) !! I'm going to try one this week. So keep looking for it on my blog! Hugzz...Peebee

krex said...

This turned out great....guess second kitty will have to wait for a new experiment to get a new bed , you have the bags down to a science now .

Heather Woollove said...

Peebee-Red is good! I can't wait to see it!! :)
Krex--Thanks!

robinfelt said...

Good for you for persevering with your bag Heather! I bet you and Dawn had a ton of fun on your visit, as if you could do anything else!

Happy Mommy said...

I wonder who has those initials! I am going to email you a sneak peak pic.

Heather Woollove said...

Robin--Yes...it was a preview of this summer/fall's felt camps!
LL-Hah! Hope you like it! (Sorry I outed your gift on the blog before you got to see it in person!)

Sandie Knapp said...

Beautiful Heather, and your friend will be delighted, I'm sure. :)