Taking an object and changing it to something else can be fun – sometimes frustrating – seeing a finished item in your head and then making it come to life can lead to a major accomplishment or a headache. However, I do enjoy the challenge, perhaps learn something as I go along, if it works I am pleased – then if not I figure there is something else down the road for a project.
Have you heard about taking wool – washing it in hot water – this process makes it shrink! The finished fabric is a lot like felt – but not as dense. In the back of one of the closets was an old – really old – red wool coat. The moths had visited it in a couple of places so it was not in good enough condition to give to the “Coats for Kids” ministry at church. I was wanting to make a new tote/bag for carrying the news paper, magazine, snack, etc to the beauty shop. With this in mind I proceeded to cut the coat apart, tear out the lining, throw it in the washing machine with hot water. Added soap and fabric softener – when cycles were completed in to the dryer it went for just a short period of time. What started out as a full size coat was now a small piece of fabric.
Here is the full picture of the tote.
I tried several times to get a picture of this embroidery – but this was the best I could get.
This is on the other side. Each of these embroidered pieces are actually on another piece of fabric and then sewn on to the bag to create a pocket. For the lining I stole this bandana print from my quilting fabric stash.
I have been seeing these rolled flowers on several of the blogs – so wanted to try my hand at making one. It turned out pleasing to my standards – do decided to attach it to the bag – on top of the flower that was just a outline of the flower and leaves.
I used hook and loop tape on the inside for closing it.
Credit must be given to my sweet husband for cutting me a piece of real thin wood that I used in the bottom.
Probably the tote is longer than most people would want – but for me - this is the way I wanted it.
Recycled a moth eaten coat into a one-of—kind tote. Fun project and learned some things as I went along.
Have a great week – fall time is here. We are enjoying the cool nights and warm days.