I spent last weekend and parts of this week, making two "Super Totes" by Noodlehead. I had gotten some wonderful fabrics from "The Paisley Duck" in Kelso, Washington, on my last trip home from my sister's. I got two colorways, and they are slightly different prints too. The first is for my sister, it is yellow roses, birds , butterflies and has teal and orange as secondary colors. The pattern called for a yard, and I only had a half yard of each, but I made it. The full yard of lime green "Marblehead" fabric with gold metallic highlights went really well for the lining and accent color. It was one of those fabrics, too beautiful to cut up, but I have been in an "Ah heck" mood, just use it, what are you saving it for? I had to search for the iron on Pellon "craft fuse" our local Joann's fabric is moving next month to a bigger location in the mall, and they are cleaned out of just about everything. Thankfully WalMart had just enough of the Craft fuse, and I had a zipper in my stash. It went together really well, after I figured out how to cut up the fabric for the pattern, I had several 1" strips and a 4" square left of the feature fabric, that was cutting it close. Four hours is what I figured that I put into it, the second one should go faster, now that I know what I am doing.
The second fabric has birds and fuchsia roses, on a cream, it doesn't have as much secondary color, mostly pink and cream, so it looks plainer. The tote is fairly large, too big for a purse, but I would not use it for groceries, it's about 15" x 15" and 5" wide. There is a big out side pocket, and two full width inside pockets along with a zipper top. It would be great as a carry on, or over night bag or to take a towel to the beach. I had fun making them, at least they did not have to fit, as the sweatshirt and jacket did.
I am linking this to Nina-Marie's "Off the Wall Friday" click here to see what other wonderful textile artists have been creating this week.