Reversible Tote Bag Done Plus others

Evening All –

Yes its late again and I’ve been looking for two designs I put on totes, but I don’t know where they are from so I’ve been at EmbLibrary for, choke, about 2 hours. I was going through all their flower stuff and couldn’t find these two designs I put on tote bags. Thing is I did these many months ago, just waiting to line them. If they look familiar to you, let me know, so I can jog my memory. Yeah I have so many designs I get lost and the other thing is all my designs are on my pc and not mac. And it was a horrible thing going to EmbLibrary, tell you later…. 

I finished the Funky Chicken reversible tote yesterday.  The gallery is below on all my items. To see the front of the Funky Chicken go to: on the totes I have filled the pockets so you could see them and the sizes.

To line or make a reversible tote from a purchased canvas tote, simple instructions.

Measure the width and height of the tote bag. When you cut your fabric, you will add 1 inch to the width and height. Instead of cutting a back and front, you will cut one continuous piece for the height, i.e., tote bag is 15 inches width, cut 16. Height is 12 1/2, cut it 26 inches. This way you do not have to sew a bottom seam. On both top and bottom pieces of fabric that is 15 inches, turn and pin 1/4 inch. Iron and press flat. Then sew.

If you want to add pockets, figure out your size that you would like. I usually go with 8″w x 4-5″h. Place the pocket in the center down 4 inches from the top. Sew pocket in place. If you want two pockets from that 8″ piece, just sew down the center. 

Now you sew the sides together, 1/2″ for each side or if you go a tad under that is okay because you might need some play for the seams of the tote or the straps. Now you need to box your bottom on the tote and lining. I usually go with 3″ on smaller totes and 4″ on larger ones. Please don’t ask me how to box a bottom. I have no idea on how to xplain it! Someone please post how it is done! 

Now your ready to sew the lining/reversible fabric to the tote. Plain and simple. Just pin where you want the fabric to start on the tote. Then sew. If by chance you have small areas of extra fabric, just tuck it near the straps or seams, the little tucks will not be noticeable.

So now go and grab some totes at your favorite hobby store and get colors. You could probably get them on sale or never know, some places might put them on clearance. This would be the perfect and quick Christmas gift. If you would rather make your own canvas totes, basically you use the same instructions from the lining.

In the gallery area are some towels I did Friday. They are from Anita Goodesigns. The first two are from Steve’s Sunflower collection. The pink flamingos’ are from his Flamingo Series. On this particular towel I merged two flamingos’ together. I then had to do a mirror image on the standing flamingo because it was facing the same way as the one laying down. I then just figured a space between the two. I really do like Anita’s designs even though they take a long time to stitch out. These were anywhere from 30 minutes to over an hour to stitch. These were stitched on my PR600 by Brother. On the sunflowers, I did have to change threads, even though there are 6 thread heads. Yesterday I did some sunflowers on a tote and I screwed up. Noticeable, slightly, but then again, I’m not perfect and I shouldn’t of been rushing. Someone will get a nice tote, anybody interested?

Oh today I did some more birdies for my sister. I think I have 9 to stuff and who knows how many cut.

What else have I been up to. Well I helped my hubby put in a new storm door. That only took about 3 hours. But it looks nice. He was bored and well we have 3 storm doors and screens to have put in. Since the guy didn’t call him yesterday to look over the job he decided to give the basement a try. Last time we had the main doors done, well he had to hire someone. We actually had the front door braced to look like it was in place so nobody would come in (we actually went to work with it like that – but that was years ago when crime wasn’t like it is these days). I calked everything cause with his hip, he shouldn’t be on his knees. Crap yesterday when they delivered the doors, they asked were the garage was, I said we don’t have one. They would not deliver them into the house, unless I paid 20 bucks. I started carrying the storm doors in and I finally said, you bring them in the house there is no way I can do the storm doors with my health issue. I’m gonna call the store and say what is the difference between a house and a garage especially when you don’t have a garage, where the heck are you suppose to put the doors? I want my 20 bucks back and when I signed the delivery, I put paid 20 bucks to put in house!!! Wonder if they gave them that piece of paperwork.

Well tomorrow I am off of work again. I want to do some more embroidery. Yesterday beside the screw up tote, I made 4 towels with coffee designs on them. No I haven’t taken pictures of them yet. I want to get 2 more sets done first. Oh BTW, when I went to EmbLibrary, I ended up buying 17 designs. Yeah the sale for this week got me. 60% off. Then I had a coupon for 10 bucks off cause I buy from them often. So I had to buy some items from previous weeks and in order to get 25% off those items I had to buy 6 things. Well I had 7, but the design pack I wasn’t getting any discount so I put it in my wish list. Total cost of designs 30 bucks, savings, I didn’t calculate, but it was good!



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