T is for Tote!

Posted by on Friday, October 10th, 2008

I know most of my ABC-along posts have been more philosophical, but right now I’m just excited that this is done!  I made this bag entirely from things I had on hand.  I came up with a general design and then jumped in.   I felted a bunch of sweaters, none of which were repairable, cut them up, sewed them onto scrap twill, made a reinforcing base from some scrap plastic, lined it with some leftover fabric from quilting, and added some buttons I had on hand.  I love it when a project comes together from what I already have–the best dinners often come about that way, as do some of the best hand-made items.


As with most of my scrap projects, I love thinking about where these wool squares came from.  The pale green was my favorite cashmere sweater (sigh).  The brighter green was a sweater that had one too many run-ins with Scath, and the orange was just never the right shape.  The browns were old sweaters of Scott’s, the bright blue is from a thrifted sweater that was worn clear through at the elbows and cuffs–clearly a good friend to the man who owned it before.  


I added a key-clip on a lariat, since I hate to lose my keys in a bag.  I also added some pockets to the lining for pens and a small notebook. 


My favorite little feature are the two side-pockets though.  I don’t think most people would notice them, and they seem like the perfect spots for silly little somethings. 


I still have lots of felt squares, so I can absolutely see a sibling in the works.  If only I didn’t have that silly job in the way of stitching.

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6 Responses to “T is for Tote!”

  1. --Debon 11 Oct 2008 at 10:09 am 1

    It’s a great bag!

  2. gayleon 11 Oct 2008 at 10:35 am 2

    Very nice! And isn’t it great to carry your memories around with you?
    I love putting pockets inside bags – and I really like throwing in “secret” pockets…

  3. elleryon 11 Oct 2008 at 3:42 pm 3

    Amy, what a fabulous bag! Perhaps in my past life I was a “bag Lady.” I seem to have an affinity for them. I especially love the pop of blue.

  4. Erina Mon 12 Oct 2008 at 7:39 pm 4

    Great bag! If you ever get tired of your day job…

  5. Marfaon 13 Oct 2008 at 9:40 pm 5

    Fabulous bag!!! As a big patchwork fan, I really appreciate this great bag.


  6. Jinannon 14 Oct 2008 at 6:09 pm 6

    Lovely tote! Such a cool idea!

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