Super excited with my finishes this week, even if they did take me longer than usual. It was my first time making either, so a learning curve was definitely involved.
My new Market Tote!
I made this bright little lady to take shopping with me at Sewing Summit next week(!!!)
The pink and green were an easy choice, despite Fall just having arrived. You see, there are no seasons in South Florida, so this will do the trick year-round.
Here you can better see my first serious attempt at French Seams!
I was reading the great Back to School series over at Sew Sweetness, where Angela from Cut to Pieces did a guest post on French Seams. She made this same bag, so I went for it!
I modeled mine after Angela's and followed the styling of the Jane Market Tote, but created my own pattern to suit the type of shopping I would be doing...fabric! The base is the perfect size for a store-folded stack of fabric.
I learned a lot making this bag. I was so eager to reinforce it for heavy loads that I originally used fusible fleece on BOTH the outer and the lining. BIG mistake! That made my French seams about 2 inches wide!
So I reduced it to 1 layer of fusible and moved on. The French seams all the way around, with the fusible fleece, have made a really strong base that doesn't sag, even with a lot inside.
The back side.
I added one large pocket for either phone or wallet.
These are a little early, but will perhaps inspire some more.
I made these for a bridal shower last weekend, where the wedding is in November, so the couple will have their first Christmas this year. It was a lot of fun to see all the holiday goodies, and believe it or not, the stores are already stocking ornaments!
I thought it would be fun to do Mr. and Mrs. instead of their actual names.
I hand embroidered these on the cuffs, using a stem stitch that I learned as I went. I seriously kept repeating the video as I went along, until I got the hang of it.
There are a ton of great embroidery guides out there, but this video really helped me. Over on Needle 'n Thread.
Mrs! These were really fun to make.
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