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Thread: My Professional Tote

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    Junior Member Angellight's Avatar
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    My Professional Tote

    Misty's Mom asked me to post photos of my tote, and share what I had changed
    I had not taken any (yes, I know we should), so I took a few with my cell phone today, and I hope they show what I did.


    1. I added short handles - I think about 12 inches long between the insert "lining" for the zipper. I did not want to be banging people on the plane in the head as we walked down the aisles. And sometimes it is more convenient to have short handles.
    2. I have made 2 of the actual Bow Tucks, and a Modified Bow Tuck for my Step-GS to carry his transformers in. And I do not think they have enough pockets.
    So on this one, on the inside zipper pocket, I added to both sides of it.
    A. I added a pocket that runs the full width of the tote, and is about 2 inches shorter than the zipper pocket on one OUTside, *think computer pocket, although it is not padded.
    B. On the opposite outside, I added a pocket that is about 1/2 of the height, and sewed it to make 3 pockets on that side. I also appliquéd some of the animals on those pockets which I also love, but a friend (my award winning quilt police friend) said - Well, no one can see them in there. Boo-hoo to her too!
    ** I love what I did to make more pockets, here, but the downside is that it was impossible to machine sew the bottoms together. It is pretty challenging to hand sew them together also.
    Then on the side that has the velcro pocket, I "adjusted the pockets" One of them is the full size. The center one has the flap, and the third one has a section for pen/pencils, and is sewn shorter so my phone did not get lost in the pocket.
    On the other outside, I sewed the original pattern "tall" pockets, and on top of those, I added an approximately 6"x12" section. The bottom is even with the bottom of the Pattern pocket with the center sewn along the same line as the original pocket. I also sewed seams along the outside of the original creating smaller pockets for ??? If I do another one, I will make this pocket as wide as I can..>>
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    Susan - AKA _ Anglelight

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    Super Member Misty's Mom's Avatar
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    Thank you so much. Really good ideas. I also figured that I could put the inside pockets a little lower than the pattern says. Did the hand stitching hold up?

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    Lovely, colorful tote. I bet you get a lot of attention with it.

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    Junior Member Angellight's Avatar
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    I took it on a shop hop with the same Q-P friend, and her remark was "She just brought it so she could show it off.
    I love most Laurel Birch fabrics, & found the Focus fabric as a 1 yard remnant. The pattern calls for more, so I did have to adjust. I have other fabric (putting it mildly) that I could have used, BUT, I wanted the tropical for the trip to see our Son in Hawaii. Yes, I have gotten many compliments on it, and I appreciated them. However, I made ti mostly for my convenience.
    As far as the hand stitching holding up for Misty's Mom, yes, I could carry it still, BUT again, I made sure that it would not fall apart by going over the seams a couple of times.
    Oh, and another thig I added was the metal tabs on the bottom, however, I think the purse is too big for them to have much impact on wear and tear.
    Thanks for the compliments, and Happy Quilting.
    Susan
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    Susan - AKA _ Anglelight

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    What an awesome tote!!!!! Fabulous work!!!!
    A quilt is a blanket of love. Sharon

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    Nicely done.
    Wayne & Gabriele, the married quilters.

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    I think it's beautiful and you should show it off whenever you get a chance!

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    Really nice work!!!!

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