my new totebag - first ive ever made!

i worked today on a new totebag. First i’ve ever made, from the instructions here. Its also the first time i’ve done french seams. I can’t believe it… this is the neatest thing i’ve ever made (and i mean “neat” here as in “tidy”, not “cool”). The instructions are great – i couldn’t quite follow them just from reading them through, because i’ve never done a french seam before, but when i actually sat down and worked them through, they worked like a dream and took about 3 hours to make this one. I’m definetly going to make more of these, because they’re great bags – sturdy, too.

The material is a rather utilitarian solid brown – in fact, i didn’t even remember having it till i went through my stash. I thought initially it was material left from a skirt that Mom made me about 10 years ago but on feeling it, i realised it was too thick to be a skirt, really, its more suitable for curtains, and is perfect for a totebag. The great thing about them is that they’re open to be decorated any which way, so i thought a pocket in a contrasting material would be a good idea for the first time i was doing one, and it does work.

More photos of the tote bag behind the cut, and a shot of a puddle in the little green area where i walk Jess every day, there’s a dip right there in the landscape, and any time it rains hard, that little dip gets filled up, then when its full it spills over onto the path. Its almost permanently wet to some extent in winter, but not often like it was the other day. I really like that photo, it speaks of calm to me. Also a JessLove Photo!!!

this is the inside of the bag. See what i mean about being neat? the botton of the bag, with the gusset, is nearest the camera.

this is the inside of the bag. See what i mean about being neat? the botton of the bag, with the gusset, is nearest the camera.

stood upright with toilet rolls in it

stood upright with toilet rolls in it

jess-love!!! i love this shot of her. i dont get many - shes camera shy.

jess-love!!! i love this shot of her. i don't get many - she's camera shy.

...and breathe in..... and out... let go of all your worldly cares... and out... (see what i mean about calm?)

...and breathe in..... and out... let go of all your worldly cares... and out... (see what i mean about calm?)

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