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Project

Reversible Tote #3

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I adapted the pattern to the measurements of my favorite tote, and it came out well!

What you will need

  • Heavy cotton twill
  • Polyester brocade
  • lightweight stretch denim
  • interfacing

Q&A with Nezbine

Bail77 asked:
great job
Nezbine answered:
Thanks! That is quite a compliment, coming from you. I admired your tote before I even took the class. Also, your dress form is wonderful. Have you tried it out yet? I made a duct tape one, but yours would hold its shape better, resulting in a more accurate fit. It's time for me to make another so I'd love to know what you think of yours.
thelafemmenoir asked:
Great job!
Nezbine answered:
Thanks! I just finished the zipper pouch (not posted yet), and it came out good. This class is amazing! I can't wait to see your projects.
gnakim asked:
Hi! Do you mind sharing the dimensions you used for the exterior, top, and handles?thanks so much! :)
Nezbine answered:
Sure! I planned it to be 17" x 17" when done, so the front & back panels were 18" x 18". I had to applique the brocade over the top of the canvas-type fabric, because the brocade is so delicate, so the panels go all the way to the top of the bag behind it, and the outside & lining are both interfaced for some stiffness. I also cut the main bag & lining fabrics in one piece, instead of having a seam along the bottom. I had to re-think the project a bit to figure out how to do that. When I sewed across the corners to "box" the bottom of the bag, I made bigger triangles so the bag would be 5" deep. The handles were 28" long, and I cut them narrower, only 4", folded in quarters (imperfectly), so about 1 1/8" finished. I interfaced the handles too, and in order for that to work well, I had to use a very thin denim (more like quilting fabric weight) instead of the thick canvas/twill. Does that info help? I needed a bag big enough for a 3-ring binder plus a notebook, lunch, etc.