Monday, October 21, 2013
Tote Bag with matching Crochet Clutch.
The chevron piece across the front are pockets. The middle pocket is large enough for the clutch to slide right in. Or she can just toss it in the inside if she prefers.
The tote pattern came from the book Home Stuff by Linda Lum DeBono in The Modern Crafter series. I've made a couple of things in that book. Very easy directions and simple projects. It is supposed to be quilted, which I've done before. However, I wanted lightweight so fewer materials. I decided to use a mid weight interfacing on the lining in lieu of batting and an extra piece of fabric for the backing.
Despite my pocket problem, it was quite easy to put together. I've made this one before just as the instructions were written, so I'll definitely make this again.
And this is the matching crochet clutch.
And the inside.
The instructions on this one weren't as clear and the supplies list isn't at the beginning. You have to read through to find out what you need. There were also no instructions on how wide to make the pockets for the hooks, so luckily I had some to measure. I made my pockets 1/2" each. She also didn't tell us when to make those pockets, so I waited until last. Once I understood what I was doing, it went together quite well.
I was quite happy with the end result despite the zippered part being off. I'll know next time.
The fabric is from Riley Blake.
So one more Christmas gift finished. Now I can start on a necktie quilt I'm making for a friend whose father passed away earlier this year. I'm excited and nervous about that project.