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Measure Twice Zippered Tote

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Finished tote

Created in this Craftsy class

Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design taught by Carol Ann Waugh

Set your sewing machine and imagination free in this fun exploration of embroidery designs, decorative sewing machine stitches, couching and binding.

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Category Quilting
Type Accessory
Style Whimsical, Funky, Casual
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What materials did you use? Soft Gray Upholstery Fabric Exterior, Lively Print Fabric with Measuring Tool Theme, Dark Purple Lt. Blue, and Lt. Green Cords for Couching, Accent Print Fabrics in Purple, Orange, and Yeller. Any Yellow that bright is just not Yellow--it's Yeller. Orange Zipper, and Metal Hardware for Zipper Pull. Interior Pocket has specialty ribbon with ruler markings. Way cool. This little tote is 12" high by 10" wide.

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What are you most proud of? Knowing when to stop embellishing, and get on with construction. LAYERED FABRIC STRAP: To make the long cross body strap--I single folded the gray upholstery fabric and zig-zagged down the center to join raw edges. Then I prepared a skinner strip of the theme fabric, stacked it on top of the upholstery fabric strap and stitched it in place to HIDE zig-zag stitches and DECORATE the cross body strap. The stacked fabric adds interest, a little more strength and firmness to the strap. I like the way this works. Hope you'll try it.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I calibrated the width and length of the satin and couching stitches on a scrap piece of upholstery fabric before moving on to the tote. Lessons Learned: one of the great things I learned from Stupendous Stitching, Adventures in Surface Design is to skip the Fussy-puttsy-stuff. Now, I try not to over analyze my options and just pick something and go with it. Its liberating, and creative.

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Again i have to tell you how wonderful your creations are!!

03/08/2013 Flag

Hey there artangel . . . how are you? I want to thank you for taking the time to leave me a note. Your inspiring words always send me back to the studio the follow day to start a new project. Sometimes in the evening, or early morning hours I get an idea and run to the chalkboard in the kitchen and draw a sketch of my next bag idea. Thank goodness for wonderful people like you who leave notes. Just like the song says, "you are the wind beneath my wings".

03/09/2013 Flag

You are the utmost of you sell your bags? I wish i hd time..I dont work as i have servere RA but I am driving everyone around here day in day out and its getting a bit old(my husband too ill and cant drive yet) I also paint glasses and other things check out some of my work on etsy!! Artisticangel is my shop, I have been sewing since the nuns taught me in HS then went away from it and picked it up gain about 10 or so years ago with my first embriodery machine what fun!!! So many ideas so little time!!!!! Keep it coming I love your choice of color..seems we have the same taste

03/15/2013 Flag

Ah, again you are showing bags that I love. Keep on keeping on, and we'll stay in touch. I finally talked to my daughter about going out to see you - she's actually thinking about it!!

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03/15/2013 Flag

Oops, I tried to send a note and it launched itself. Hey there arthritic mama, thanks for your note. Yes, let's keep in touch. Hope I get to meet your daughter.

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