Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Summer Tote

I ordered some of this Michael Miller fabric several weeks ago.  When it came in the mail I couldn't wait to make something with it!

 The colors are vibrant and the pattern has so much going for it--a European village, retro cars and scooters, and ladies dressed in vintage style. I finally decided on using large pieces of it to decorate a canvas tote.

I think that this is the largest applique I have ever used.  Because of the loose, illustrated style of the pattern I decided to sew a "messy" straight stitch around the whole thing twice instead of using a blanket stitch and overlapping the edges.  

I put a large patch pocket and a scrap of the village scene on the other side. 

I thought about making it reversible and adding some embroidery to the outside. But, I didn't have a large enough piece of fabric that I fancied for the interior, and I was just too impatient to use my snappy new tote!  Here is a better shot of the handles -- so fun!

It's just right for a stack of piano books.  Or a beach towel and a Kindle. :)

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