Stupendous Stitching: Adventures in Surface Design »
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Casual, Outdoorsy, Cute
Exterior: Navy Duck cloth (canvas-like sturdy fabric). Polar Fleece middle layer to quilt Navy Duck cloth. Swirl Serger Thread used for meandering free motion quilting of Navy Duck cloth. Interior: Printed Purple/Pink Batik Cotton. Metal Lobster Clasp for Key Fob. 2 Shallow, and 2 Deep Interior Pocket. Felt Penny Rug Medallions
What was your inspiration?
I continue to be inspired by Carol Ann Waugh's Stitch and Slash online class and also her brilliant Stupendous Stitching online class,. Although I did not slash this project, I did build upon her idea of layers of fabric and colorful threads to take this tote beyond a plain a navy duck cloth tote.
Carol, you're the best!
What are you most proud of?
I use Swirl multi-colored serger thread to quilt the navy duck cloth. It takes a lot of thread for free motion quilting, and I save $$ using the larger spools of serger thread in this application.
There are four pockets in the interior of this tote. Two are shallow pockets, and two are deeper pockets.
Just stick your hand into the tote, find the felt penny rug medallion--and you've found the shallow pocket.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Warm and natural cotton quilt batting works well as the middle layer to create your own quilted fabric (free motion quilting). However, sometimes I use polar fleece for the middle layer batting. It is just a tad bit loftier than the warm and natural cotton quilt batting. Either one results in a great quilted fabric effect.
I love function of padded (quilted) totes--it adds over all strength as well as protects purchases. I like to add a metal key clasp with a long strap of fabric--so easy to fish for keys.