Tote Bags

decordiva_4everFebruary 11, 2007

I have a real nice blanket coat with self fringe & a couple of lined suede jackets that have some damage, but still a lot of useable material. I would like to make carry/tote bags with them. The blanket coat, I would like to take advantage of the fringe, incorporating it into the bag, and use yarn or such to cross stitch the seams. Does anyone have experience with this?; hand sewing, as no sewing machine.

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heres a link for makeing a tote bag, you could hand sew, just take longer, if you do a google search for tote bag alot comes up, you might check out the others there.
Happy Crafting

    Bookmark   February 12, 2007 at 8:50AM
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decordiva..I've used blankets for sewing before...and I just used a blanket stitch using yarn instead of thread..The blanket stitch is an embroidery stitch and if you need to, you can do an internet search to find directions for's an easy stitch, and holds blanket material together very well.
You could also use an overcast whip stitch using artificial sinew or crochet thread to match/contrast on the suede jackets to join them too. The stitches on both show on the outside of the finished project, but lend a quality handmade look to the pieces.
Show us pix of your finished projects!
and good luck!

    Bookmark   February 13, 2007 at 5:45PM
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Thank you for posting this query. I've been wanting a lot of suggestions for making tote bags for all of our great grand children. That means 13 of them. I need something that is easy because of my health. I do have a sewing machine. ggks

    Bookmark   February 14, 2007 at 11:02AM
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