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For this photo I turned the bag inside out. The pattern I referred to did not have a pocket. I felt it needed a pocket for my phone. I adore this pocket. I took it yet one step further and added a loop for my keys.

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I wanted to do a trial run on the piggy toy bag. This is the perfect size for me. Of the bags I have made this is by far my favorite. However too small for a toy bag. Back to the thinking board.

Tonite progress has occurred. I attached the interfacing to the sides, bottom, front and back. I sewed and attached pocket 1 to the front.
*Honestly did not understand pleating so I designed this pocket myself.

Update….continually having issues almost at the point of discarding project.

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I just finished cutting out the pattern for the flowered tote in the above picture.

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This is going to be the exterior of the Tote.

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This is going to be the lining of the Tote.

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This is going to be the contrast fabric I will use fort there straps. If all goes well in my world….I will begin work on this tomorrow night after my road trip!

Update….I decided I do not like the method of their handle so I am making them my way Anna’s changed my mind on the fabric fort the handles. Went with something outside my comfort zone. Well post a picture soon of the progress.

Happy Friday the 13th everyone!!!

Have you been wondering what I have been doing this week? Well there has been a little progress on the Tote Bag Project.  I have sewn the front and back to the bottom of the bag. I need to pin the sides and then sew that together. This project is taking longer than I anticipated. In fact I can honestly tell you that I am no longer interested in this project or the fabric being used. I will complete the project just for completion sake. Hope that makes sense. 

Seeing that this evening was when I discovered my lack of enthusiasm over the project. I decided to do something on the upcycle level. I have seen several ideas on how to upcycle a T Shirt. My favorite being a Tote Bag. So I found myself on You Tube watching a video on how to do so. It looked so simple I ran to my closet and grabbed a couple T shirts.  To see what I did look for my next post.

I am slowly making progress or not! Ripped stitches tonite to open the side pockets. Surprisingly went quicker than I thought. Both pockets corrected in under 30 mins. Then I sewed the lining to the bottom. Great no issues. Then I began sewing the handle interfacing and lining to front. Issues begin: run out of bobbin thread, bobbin thread does not want to wind onto the bobbin and stitches become very weird ( ripping stitches are in my near future)then have to re-thread machine. At this point I called it a nite.

When the bobbin thread starts running low there should be some type of warning system. This way one would be prepared **just my personal opinion**

Why is it that for 2 days now thread does not want to wind on to the bobbin? However when I flipped the bobbin over and tried to wind that way..there was no issue.

How would I know when it is time to replace a needle? Weird stitches—are they a sign?

So what I thought was a simple tote bag has become a challenge. A challenge I am up for…to the extent that I am planning on making this again!

If you can assist me with my bobbin issues it would be greatly appreciated!

Last nite I decided that enough was enough and started My Tote Bag Project. This was originally started 11/2012. I have been putting it off because it is from a pattern. Until recently I was petrified of working with a pattern. 

When I was putting out all the pieces I actually laughed. I could tell immediately that this was before I was introduced to a rotary cutter. I noticed a mistake on one of the pieces….however no big deal I will fix the error when the time comes. 

Here is what took place last nite:

Front, Back and side pieces all had interfacing attached (2 different types of interfacing because I ran out)

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Front pocket 1 attached

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