Thursday, November 13, 2014

Vintage Tote

The internet is proving to be an excellent source of inspiration and instruction in my endeavour to teach myself to sew.

I found this wonderful YouTube video by Debbie Shore for a zippered, lined tote

It seemed like a great project to step me up from the first bag I made  as it involved zippers (yikes).




Having some tension issues here. Could be the fact that I was stretching and pulling that thing so tight it was a wonder I didn't bust a needle :o)


This little exercise really helped confirm that the name I had chosen for my blog was perfect (stitch, unpick, repeat) as there was a fair bit of that going on.

I am also learning that I have perfectionist tendencies which I'm obviously going to have to get over, at least while I'm learning.

It was a bit easier for the second zip.

I forgot to take photos as I was going along but I have made up for it with photos of the finished bag :o)




I am really pleased with the finished product. It came up much better than I thought it would and there was only a couple of places that I had to unpick and try again.

Thank you for visiting today and for you kind words of encouragement.

I will be looking for a few places where I can link my new bag up and to see if I can find a few more new blogs to visit.

Michelle :o)

I'm adding this Tote to the following linky parties:

 A Round Tuit Linky Party.

Threading My Way - Bags and Totes

Show Off Saturday


20 comments:

  1. WAY TO GO GIRL!! Love the material and bright colours . great zipper work too . Proud of you ..

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  2. What a great tote and I LOVE the fabric you chose! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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    1. Thank you Marci. I'm so happy with how it came up. The video was easy to follow along with.

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  3. I love your blog name, the thing it doesn't matter how long you sew you'll be stitching, unpicking and doing it all over again!

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    1. Thank you for coming by my blog. I had a feeling that it would probably be the case that I would spend as much time unpicking as actual sewing :o)

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  4. your tote bag came out awesome! it took me a long time to get to putting a recessed zipper in, good job. love the name of your blog :-)

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    1. Hi Donna. Thank you for stopping by my blog. Debbie Shore's video was so easy to follow I really didn't feel too intimidated by trying the recessed zip. I know with practice it will get easier. :o)

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  5. Wow, I'd never have guessed that you are not at least an intermediate sewer! Your bag is beautifully sewn. Thank you for your kind comments on my bag refashions at http://denversews.com/2014/02/26/bag-refashions/
    Kitty

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    1. Hi Kitty
      Thank you for your kind words! I am having so much fun learning at the moment. And I find blogs like yours such an inspiration. It means a lot to me that you would swing by to say hello. :o)

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  6. Hi Michelle, beautiful bag, and amazing job on the zippers! I still have zipper phobia. Again awesome fabric, you are a very talented lady.

    Lots of love
    Rachy

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    1. Aww, thanks Rach! You know what I would really like is if we actually lived close enough to have crafting days together! Miss you! :)

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  7. I was surprised too to discover you've only just started sewing, what a great start you've made. Have you sewn ever in the past? I know my students are always surprised to discover I've only been quilting for 3 years - but then I've been sewing for 50 so I'm not really a newbie at all! Enjoy your blogging, it changed my life totally but I never dreamt how addictive it would be. I'm going to follow you on bloglovin to watch your journey - Chris :D

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    1. HI Chris. Thank you for stopping by my blog. I have only ever attempted to sew once before when I tried to make a pair of furry pants for my son to wear as a costume for book week for kindy about six years ago. Luckily the fur hit my wonky stitches and the tension problems etc. :o)

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  8. Only your second sewing project, Michelle, and you are powering along. I'd say you are well and truly hooked with sewing now!!! Another lovely bag. I'd be totally lost without my unpicker and I've been sewing for many years... LOL!!!

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    1. Thanks Pam. I am definitely hooked!! :o)

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  9. Lovely bag Michelle:) Great output for a beginner. Thanks for appreciating my leopard print bag. That was my first one too with recessed zipper..Thanks for topping by Have a nice day

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  10. You're doing a great job, it looks fab! Well done on tackling zips, they're not that hard, are they?

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    1. Hi Wendy. Thanks for coming by my blog. I am starting to feel more confident with the zippers now after having done a few :o)

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