I recycled my vintage, chicken feed sacks into beautiful tote bags! They are perfectly sized for hitting the fabric store or other errands.
The pattern came from Bags The Modern Classics by Sue Kim. Her instructions are clear and her taste is impeccable. I love how thoughtful she is with her fabric choices and placement. This pattern is quick and simple. In fact it took me longer to cut out the fabric and lining than it did to sew it up!
Have you recycled any fabric into something awesome lately?
Happy New Year! I hope you had a great ending to twenty-twelve and are having a wonderful start to twenty-thirteen. Now that the holiday madness is behind us, I am excited to begin sharing the gifts that I made for my friends and family!
My best friend and I always exchange gifts that are both lovely and practical, so I kept with that tradition and made a handbag. I saw this fabric at Spool and knew immediately that I had to use it for her gift. I used Straight Stitch Society’s Split Personality Bag pattern with some minor modifications.
The pattern called for a button-hole. I did not have a button-hole foot for my sewing machine* (and could not find one on short notice) so I used a snap for the closure and the button for decoration. The pattern makes it reversible, which I did not. I used a simple, tan cotton as lining and let the exterior fabric sing.
I love how this turned out, now. When I completed it in November, I hated it. I put it away for a few weeks and when I pulled it back out I was surprisingly happy with it. I have come to realize that I am that way with a lot of things. I am unhappy with them because I am so invested and am continuously working and scrutinizing them. I have learned that I need to step away and put things out of sight for a while before making any final decisions.
* I am happy to report that I now have a button-hole foot and a whole host of other feet! My mom finally found the accessory box that we both knew that she had packed in a box somewhere.