Monday, May 14, 2012

Been busy & a New Tote...

Oh man. Life can be a whirlwind sometimes. This month I've traveled to three different states, at three different times, to see different family members! It's been wonderful, but tomorrow I arrive home from the last trip and it will be good to be home for awhile. First there was my son's graduation in Utah, then a trip to help my daughter-in-law recover from surgery in Tennessee, and last a quick Mother's Day trip to visit my mom in California.


Last week I was only home for a few days before we flew to California. I anticipated getting some last-minute sewing done for Mother's Day in the few days I was home. It's always a challenge trying to come up with something for my mother for Mother's Day. What do you do when a person has it all, and you want to give her something heartfelt for Mother's Day? You listen very carefully. Several weeks ago my mother told me that an ordinance was passed in her town recently that all grocery, pharmacy, and retail stores will no longer be able to provide plastic carryout bags at checkout for their customers. {Geesh!} My mother mentioned that because of this ordinance, she had been using one of the purses I gave her as a bag for the items she buys in retail stores. That got me thinking...


The bag I had previously made her was more purse than bag, so I decided to make her a tote to accompany her on her shopping trips. I didn't want something too heavy or too big for her to lug around, so I made it small enough (13" x 9" x 4")  for her to carry comfortably on her shoulder and deep enough for her to stash all her store-bought treasures. I lined it, reinforced it with fusible fleece to make it nice and sturdy, and put a fabric covered foam board piece in the bottom for support.


I especially like the twirly ribbon and fabric flower adornment on this bag. It adds just the right amount of bling for a practical bag like this.


On another note -- In the coming week I hope to publish a tutorial for my new ruffled Kindle case. Thanks to all who commented that they might like that tutorial. It's nice to know ahead of time that it might be well received!

16 comments:

piece peace said...

Excellent idea. Very useful and very beautiful.

vexa said...

Nice and lovely pictures you made!

shez said...

Suzanne i love this bag,its gorgeous,well done on a beautiful project.xx

Brianna said...

I am deeply in love with this tote bag. You have no idea!!! I saw this and decided I am now on a mission to find or make one just like it!!!

Anesha said...

Beautiful tote, love the flower and the lining fabric. Perfect combo.

~Carla~ said...

Gorgeous!! I really love that rose!! :)

krazgrl said...

And yet again another one of your beautiful projects that I'd love a tutorial or pattern for. Your mom will be a happy shopper when she open this gift.

pasqueflower said...

Love the tote! And I agree--I'd love to have you show us how you made the flower trim.

Lisa M said...

Gorgeous tote. I hope you don't mind me copying your idea and using the flower headband instructions you sent me for the floral trim.

I have made totes in the past for my mum and she has loved them, so I am sure your mum was happy with hers.

Connie said...

What a beautiful tote and I just love the rose!

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

I love this bag,, especially the twirly fabric and flower that you added. I bet your mom loved it too!

Linda Southworth said...

This is a beautiful tote! Your mom was so happy to receive I am sure. I have to say I want everything you show us. Simple but stylish. I just love it. I am looking forward to the Kindle cover tutorial.
I am happy for your good news about your husband's test results. Life is good. Thank you for sharing.

scrapfancy said...

WOW Suzanne, you just amaze me all the time. You are so talented. Love the tote.

gail wilson said...

oh so cute tote Suzanne! :)
you were in TN??? that's just a stone's throw from here! hahaha

gail

Jillian said...

very cute! If it was smaller I think it would look cute as a scripture tote. :)

Mia said...

I love it! I bet your mom was excited to use it.