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Flat Top with Fenders Tote

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Long Cross Body Straps

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Category Sewing
Type Accessory
Sizing Women
Style Casual, Classic, Traditional, Cute, Retro / Vintage, Hipster
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What materials did you use? Stiff Coarse Weave Purple Upholstery Fabric, Printed Bubble Gum Cotton Print w/Padded Interior, Removable Padded Pocket, Key Ring Zipper Pull with Handmade Polymer Clay Beads, Purple Zipper, Metal Hardware for long straps. So what is a Flat Top with Fenders?

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What are you most proud of? I used wrist loop metal hardware crimped on the ends of the long straps and machined sewed the straps to two inch tabs sewn into the left and right seams. Harder to explain than to actually do. Simple bubble gumballs on a purple cotton print make handsome trim, and and split double pockets. The printed cotton lining, padding, and exterior fabric were serged together before construction. Turning the padded bag right side out is a chore, but the stiff coarse weave exterior upholstery fabric, makes this 10.5 x 12" ipad/Kindle device tote hold its shape, and does its job--to protect the device. Super function, and good looks.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Try a coarse weave stiff upholstery fabric for your next tote project. You'll love the firm shape it creates. This purple coarse weave tote is so firm--if it had legs it would walk! Tip: Change your machine needle to a 16/100 to handle upholstery fabric. That means you'll have needle power to assist your sewing machine power. A 16/100 needle has a bigger barrel, so it won't bend easily, and will climb up and over bulkier seams.

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Love the architecture of this bag. Excellent design & so well crafted!

02/11/2013 Flag

Another adorable bag! I love the fabrics you used and the zipper pull adornments gives it an extra kick.

02/12/2013 Flag

Hello TanjaH. Thank you for mentioning the fabrics and decorative zipper pulls. You have style, so I appreciate your great reviews.

02/12/2013 Flag

Hi there 2strings. I always giggle when I see your sweet little baby profile photo. What fun! Thanks for your kindness. I enjoy hearing from you.

02/12/2013 Flag

I just love what you do, and your accents are wonderful. Keep up the wonderful work and thanks for sharing.

02/22/2013 Flag