Shopping Bags from Remnants

Stars & Stripes Tote Bag Pattern

Stars & Stripes Tote Bag Pattern

When I visited Texas recently, my DIL carried me (Southern for “drove me”) to A Sewing Basket, an adorable little quilt shop in Salado. She fell in love with this pattern for a patriotic tote bag, and the accompanying Stonehenge fabrics that were used in the cover photo. When I got back home and started sewing the bag, inside the pattern envelope was plain ol’ (but still cool) unpatriotic Kwik Sew K3612, 3 reusable shopping bag patterns.

I made the patriotic one with the Stonehenge fabrics (not remnants) first. We loved the beige fabric with the American eagle silhouettes, and the others that had matching, coordinated beige in with stars and stripes. In fact, the fabric line is called Stonehenge Stars & Stripes, and it was created by Linda Ludovico in support of the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

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This one has handles 2 or 3 inches longer than the pattern per DIL’s request (she likes tote bags with longer handles). That was all the longer I could get them due to my not realizing at the time of purchase that I needed more of that fabric; instead I bought more of another fabric that I didn’t need as much of. Sigh. But I will still have some of the other left for remnant projects in the future.

I liked the Kwik Sew pattern so much that I made two other DIL shopping bags (so far). The RealTree® camouflage fabric was not a remnant: I got a whole bunch of it at Joann’s because I realized after my trip to TX that camo fabric is insanely popular. The other fabrics in these tote bags are remnants, including the 7″ x 12″ plastic needlepoint canvas that sits in the bottom of the bag and stabilizes it. This time, I decided to machine-embroider their names on the bags. The bad news is that, if they don’t like the bags, and wanted to regift them, someone would have to do some work on the embroidery with a seam ripper. Unless they wanted to give them to someone with the exact same names. Anyway, I hope they like them. I enjoyed trying to match up pink with camouflage fabric; I found it somehow deeply satisfying! And one of the pink centers, if you zoom up really close, is a licensed collegiate lady gator pink fabric! Go Gators! I realize that everyone doesn’t lean toward the redneck side of life, like I undoubtedly do, though…

these handles are the size the pattern gives

these handles are the size the pattern gives

these handles are extra long

these handles are extra long

It’s been a long, long time since I’ve posted a remnant project; I have been such a slacker. And although no one is on my back making sure I deserve my paycheck (duh, I don’t get a paycheck for this) I still want to be successful! So one day while I was searching the net and wasting time, I came upon this mighty post, 13 Reasons Why You’re Not Successful, and I pondered the wisdom this author imparts. Sometimes you’ve just got to stop pondering and do stuff! Get busy!

2 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. Gayle Alstrom
    Sep 30, 2013 @ 20:23:38

    great ideas. I can’t wait to make one.

    Reply

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