Measure Twice Zippered Tote

Project Description

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. 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.

What you will need

  • 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.

Q&A with Shoestring

arthritic mama asked:
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!!
Shoestring answered:

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