Did you know it's only like, 10 more paychecks till Christmas (for us biweekly folks)? You're welcome. I figure this year I have absolutely zero excuses as to why I shouldn't hand make at least a few gifts for some folks. What you see below will be one of those gifts!
|The outside, in the lining with wrong sides facing so that, once turned inside out, the pretty lining would be facing the right way inside|
|Fold hem under, pin, sew to attach lining|
|These corners had to be hand sewn down since they were so thick. My sewing machine is pretty tough, but not THAT tough. I sewed the rough corners nicely under to keep everything tidy|
|Straps! I chose a different fabric in a similar color scheme to that on the flowers|
|Sew, serge, and turn the tubes right side out with the help of Mr Safety Pin|
|I measured the edges of the bag and did some easy math to make sure the straps were even, both on the bag and in their length|
|The ole 'X in the box' trick. Again, I want this thing to be sturdy. Illy don't make junk!|
|Annndddd done! Does it look like it came from a factory? No. But is it AWESOME? 100% yes!|
|Inside. The lining came out looking 100% pro!|
With a quick iron before the holidays, this baby will be ready to give! I'm not 100% sure who I'll give it to just yet; I want it to be actually useful and a person who doesn't use totes for much will probably find it nice, but not all too handy.
Only regret of this project? I should have added a little pocket or something on the lining, but oh well. Next time. This took me two whole evenings of work and I think my brain was a little tired by the end.
Hope you like it!