The outside of the bags are made with heavy canvas fabric but the inside lining is laminated cotton. This was the first time either of us had used laminated fabrics in a project and we were a little nervous, but a kind lady who works in Creations of Kerrville (wonderful shop!!) gave us some very sound advice. She suggested we use a non stick foot for the sewing machine, lengthen out our stitches and keep things together with small Wonder Clips rather than pins where ever possible.
Hubby actually helped us out with this project, too. The bottom of each bag is rigid because there's a piece of thin plywood in it. He was kind enough to hit the home improvement store for it, and to cut it to size at home!
The bags have soft sides with no batting between the layers so they can be folded up when not in use.
This is Daughter's tote bag. She used a brown & green polka dot canvas from Moda's Oh Deer! collection for the outside and the green & cream houndstooth laminated fabric for the lining is from Free Spirit.
|Daughter's bag, the super cute outside!|
|Peek inside Daughter's bag.|
This is my bag. The outer fabric is Mochi dots cotton & linen canvas from Moda and the laminated lining fabric is from Riley Blake.
|Outside of my tote bag.|
|Inside of my tote bag. The houndstooth covers the plywood base and is removable.|
These totes were a fun project, and a learning experience. The laminated fabrics were easier to work with than I imagined, and I look forward to playing with them again in the future.
Now, maybe we need to go shopping and fill these bags up with something?
Hmmmm.........What would you suggest??