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Sunday, December 6, 2009

The Black/Red Tote Bag is Finished

This was a fun project to make. It was pretty quick and easy.
Doesn't this look like a mess? LOL. Once it was turned right side out, it looked much better. I like the size - higher than it is wide - 13 inches high by 11 inches wide.

Did you notice that I used the red braided handles that I bought on sale last week?

I also used some magnetic clasps that I bought a couple of months ago.

This is the first time I have used these. There were no directions on how to put them on, but I figured it out pretty quickly. Basically you just make a slit in the fabric for each prong, stick the top through, then put the backing over the prongs and bend them down (use something like a dinner knife to help you bend them down). Put one on the top and one on the bottom and the magnetic force will just snap them together when they get close.

The magnetic hold is not super strong. It's more for show than functionality.

I attached a fabric-covered button with a lot of hot glue to cover the ugly clasp.
I think the glue will hold up well because it's just decorative and there will be no pressure on it.

The button fabric is the same as the lining of the tote.

This tote is the perfect size to hold magazines. We go on a lot of weekend overnight trips and I like to bring magazines/books to read in the car, so I think this will work nicely for that.

I have already started my next quick and easy project. Here is a sneak peek.

Any idea what I am making? You can see it's a patchwork stocking, but what do you think I will do with it?

It's just small -- maybe six inches high.

I will show you what I am doing with them later this week.


Dianne said...

So that's where you've been. I think you have a hit here because now you can make purses to match several outfits. This is really a lovely one-great color combo. Ever try to quilt with that faux leather?

Zoey said...

Thanks, Dianne. I,too, thought of making matches for different outfits. That would be fun.

No, I have never used the faux leather, but I bet it would make an interesting bag.

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