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Thread: My "Professional Tote"

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    Super Member justflyingin's Avatar
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    My "Professional Tote"

    Someone a while ago (up to a year ago) posted a tote from www.thecreativethimble.com and I remembered it as I thought the tote was perfect. So, when I went back to the states in May, I ordered the pattern and brought it back with me.

    Today it reached a high of 95F in my sewing room--which is entirely too hot to quilt as I didn't want that much material touching me. So, I attempted this bag...and then, really, it was crazy due to how much interfacing you have to fuse, but I just kept on going, and was able to finish this bag today. I actually started on it yesterday, but spent several hours on it today.

    It's the first bag I've made that I've really been excited about. The pattern is not for the "faint of heart". I'm glad I had done some basic bags before attempting this one.

    Anyway, the main fabric started out a sheet that I purchased at the "upscale G & W Clothing" (don't remember which town) in the states and the lining was a curtain, probably from England and only the contrast fabric was purchased as fabric, from the Wichita Machine Quilter's convention I was able to go to in May.

    Here are the pictures. Enjoy. Thanks so much for your inspiration, everyone. I am in shock that I was able to make something that look so nice. My son asked me, when he saw me carrying it, "Did you make that?" That's a wonderful compliment!

    The Front: Has a zippered pocket for a passport and a pocket behind it for the boarding pass.
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    The pockets (both sides) have a cord lock on it, with cording of your choice. I found some at a wholesale place near me, as well as the cord locks...thankfully very reasonably. (200 meters of cording was $3, and 200 cord locks, $6)
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    The back side of the tote: has large pocket with a magnetic closure. This was the first time I had put one of these in. I had previously bought them (last year) off Ebay in a group of 25 after paying $3.00+ for ONE at the local quilt shop in Dade City, FL. (I considered it almost robbery.)

    Above the magnetic closure is a luggage strap, so that it can be slipped over the handles of another piece of carryon luggage.

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    Inside of the tote: A big zippered pocket for all those valuables that you don't want others to see or to accidentally slide out.
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    One side of the lining had a big pocket subdivided into three pockets. The middle one holds my Kindle.
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    The other side of the lining has a two pocket piece of fabric with a key fob. I decided to use a D ring with webbing. I had wanted pink cording for the outside to use in the two outside pockets but store only had red, white, black and orange. So I got my "pink fix" by using the webbing in pink.
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    I attached a vinyl compartment to hold business cards...the first time I had sewn on vinyl.
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    A closeup of of the magnetic closure.
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    This was my first run of this pattern, but I love it and I'm sure it won't be my last. I was thinking how I could use embroidered pieces or possibly quilted pieces, etc.

    Now you know more than you ever wanted to know about this pattern. I think that this bag has everything I need!

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    Senior Member PABerard's Avatar
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    No, not more than I wanted to know... Just the right amount! Your bag is beautiful! I love your choice of fabrics and the pockets you chose. What a well thought out bag! It seams perfect, good for you and great job!

    I was just in Krakow a couple of weeks ago and the weather was 60*~75*F. Glad I was there the because there was no a/c. This spoiled American would have melted . But we loved every minute we were there. What a beautiful city.

    Congrats again on the bag. It's lovely~ Pat
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    No wonder it took you 2 days. It is wonderful! It has everything anyone would want. Gorgeous!

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    ​Wow, that looks handy and well done!

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    Senior Member Joy Higdon's Avatar
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    Beautiful bag. Love it.

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    Member mikenoma's Avatar
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    It took me longer than that to make my first one and I am not a novice by any means. After I made the first one I swore I'd never make another one then I proceeded to make three more and teach three of my friends how to make their own. There is a new pattern out now just like this, but much smaller. Designed by the same person. It's called a Mini Professional Tote. I just finished one. I LOVE it! Here's a pic of the size difference.

    You did a great job on yours.
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    Senior Member Nan C's Avatar
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    Beautiful bag you can be proud of yourself, you did an excellent job! Happy quilting
    If it wasn't for stress.......I wouldn't have any energy at all !!

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    Super Member Misty's Mom's Avatar
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    You did a great job on it. Fast too. It took me longer on mine. I thought I'd never get all those pieces cut out. I love mine too.

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    WoW..nice bags. Those are perfect.

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    Super Member dakotamaid's Avatar
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    Beautiful, love your fabrics and even more that they were "recycled". I do know how hard they are to make. I made one for my daughter for Christmas one year and she has more comments on it. She uses it everyday in rainy Lex, KY. I just rain proofed the heck out of it.
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!

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