I've busy in my sewing studio the past couple of days,making a tote bag. Using a combination of tweed and batik fabrics from my stash, I've inserted a zipper pocket in the lining fabric, and added a large mesh pocket. I used a purple ByAnnie mesh which I bought from Oh Sew Sweet along with a matching purple zipper from Zipper Station. The fabulous British wool tweed was bought from Quilting Antics about 3 years ago, which I teamed with a purple batik bought from Sew and So's - again, this was bought a few years ago...
...a magnetic fastener was insterted at the top of the bag to keep it closed. I'd added a facing to cover the stitches where the handles were hand sewn in place. I'd top stitched the lower edge and then hand stitched this to the bag lining, using ladder stitch a fabric pull was added to the larger zipper slider on the mesh pocket. A fabric pull was added to the larger zipper slider on the mesh pocket. As usual, the larger zippr was zipper by the the meter, purchased from Zipper Station along with the zipper sliders...
...as well as the mesh pocket, a smaller zippered pocket was inserted into the lining which is handy for storing smaller items. I also added a useful key clip, so you don't have to rummage in your bag for your keys!
...the teal leather handles were hand stitched in place - although getting through all these layers was a bit tricky. The photo makes the handle look very green, it's actually teal, and looks fab with the purple wool fabric! Finally a small "made with love and swear words" label was machined on the facing. I'd bought a selection of the lables, made by Labels for Kylie and the Machine a while ago from Tangled Yarn - they have a great selection of KATM labels...
...and here's the finished tote bag, photographed in my garden! I'm really pleased with how this looks, and the ByAnnie Soft and Stable ensures the bag will stand up on it's own. And I've really enjoyed sewing with tweed and batiks combined, infact I've already pulled some more fabrics from my stash to make another tweed bag!
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