Monday, June 29, 2015

Another UFO Finish

I finished another UFO, using up more of my stash in the process.

Last October, I saw the free pattern for the Trail Tote, and thought it looked like my kind of bag.

It was a pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, the designer of the Open Wide bag, that I keep making.

I took the pattern and some fabric from my stash to my retreat weekend, last October. I decided that (like Goldilocks) the large was bigger then I wanted, and the small was smaller. So I added 1 1/2" to the length and 2" to the width of the small bag.

Over that weekend, I got quite a bit done, but I had not brought any interfacing, so I got stuck. It fell into the void and turned up recently. I worked on it the last couple of days and now it is finished.

The outer fabric is some home dec remnants that I found at Ikea. They were cut into 8" squares, and a large bag was about $5. It is a very firm twill, I expect will wear like iron. I plan to use them to make a travel tote, but I thought I could spare 8 squares for this project.

There is a nice deep zippered pocket on the outside, for my keys and phone. Though the picture doesn't show it very well, the bag also has batik piping.

I put 2 slip pockets on the inside. I used some of my beloved Laurel Burch fabric for the lining. It is a bit dark, but it makes me smile.

I added a zipper to the top, instead of a magnetic snap. I feel more secure with a zipper in the top of my bag.
I used a zipper pull from Emmaline Bags. I have had these in my stash for awhile too. I think they make a great touch to a bag. She has zippers now that already say Handmade on the pull. I may have to get a couple of those, too.

Next up, I am going to make Two-Timing Tote from Sweet Bee Buzzings.

I have gathered up some fabric, that has been maturing in my stash. I think with these 3 fabrics I have enough to make the bag.

I got some cord at the hardware store to make the piping, and I am currently debating wheather to use a black or a red zipper.
The black one looks pretty good in that picture. Perhaps a better choice than trying to match the red.

One would think that with all the stash fabrics I have been using, that my sewing room would start to look bare. Unfortunately, using the fabric creates scraps, so now I have more scraps to deal with. I am going to need some scrappy projects, next.


  1. superb tote, but the deep reds will make a wonderful bag, I can already see a new kitten lining it up for a favourite hidey place.

  2. I think the trail tote is my kind of bag too......I can see one in my future, for sure! Yes, the black zipper would look so good on your red and black fabrics - as you say, no worry about matching the correct colour.

  3. Black zipper, for sure. I like the zipper pull. That reminds me I promised to make some polymer clay ones. I'll have to add that to my 'to do' list. They won't be as classy as this one though.

  4. Your bag is looking good. You have been making a lot of bags lately, the red and black one looks striking and it is not even done yet. It does not matter about the scraps, you are making a dent in your stash!

  5. That's a great tote! And I love the fabric you used to line it with. I do love Laurel Burch fabrics! Those red and black fabrics will make another stunning tote!

  6. Both bags are good choices. your selections of fabrics really make a difference in the appearance. way to go.

    Thanks for linking up with Needlework Tuesday.