Today I am sharing pictures from Bibby, a blog follower. Earlier this fall, she decided to make tote bags for her friends for Christmas. As a guide, she used my “Unlimited Possibilities” tote bag instructions on the Patterns page of this blog. Bibby called her sewing project “Tote Olympics,” because she made 14 bags!
She happened upon a sale at Joann’s fabrics on seasonal Halloween and Christmas fabrics; fabric for each bag cost only $2.50. “I was lazy and decided to add the woven nylon straps without covering them with fabric as the instructions suggest. However, the strapping was almost $2.99 a foot! Since each bag required 3 feet, the nylon strapping turned out to be the most expensive part. I have since found strapping at the ‘Scrap Exchange’ in Durham and will use that in the future. This is a great project for people just learning to do free-motion quilting as it goes quickly, you can practice all kinds of ‘squiggles,’ and it does not have to be perfect.”
Bibby, I award you the Gold Medal in the “Tote Olympics!” Your friends are going to love their handmade tote bags!