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Thread: Some Utility Totes I Made Today!

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    Some Utility Totes I Made Today!

    After seeing a thread on this, I just had to make one myself...then two more, lol.

    The two blue ones are made with a free pattern I found online, using 54" upholstery fabric. The brown one is made with a pattern I purchased online, made with 44" upholstery fabric. The pattern I used to make the brown one called for quilted fabric, but since I didn't have any, I used the 44" upholstery fabric that I had bought, by mistake, for the other pattern. I didn't realize that I had bought 44" instead of 54", so I set it aside and then went back to the fabric store for the 54" that I needed. When the second pattern arrived and I realized I needed quilted fabric, but didn't have any, I just used the 44" that I had set aside. Next time I'm out near a fabric store, I'll get some prequilted fabric, but until then, these work just as well! :-) Thanks for looking!
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    nice totes to carry stuff to guild. Of course you can use for anything, but I think sewing first. LOL
    Jean in MI

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    I love your totes. They are beautiful! Could you share with us the patterns that you used, especially the free one!

    Thanks,
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    Your totes are really very nice and look very useful for many things. Thanks for sharing. Sue

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    Terrific bags! Could you share where we might find the patterns-?
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    This is the link to the free pattern:

    http://www.quilt.com/MiscQuilting/ToteDirections.html

    This is the link to the second pattern:

    http://www.makeagoodday.com/
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    Very nice bags. Why not quilt your own fabric and use that?
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    Great totes, I will try to make some, thanks for sharing...
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    Thank you so much for sharing the pattern sites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    Very nice bags. Why not quilt your own fabric and use that?
    I thought of that after I had nearly finished them, lol. I looked around to see if I had anything else I could use that wasn't already designated and I could really find anything. Just another reason to go to the fabric store, lol.
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    Very ingenious for toting heavy items! What's in the bottom that holds it so firm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlfriend View Post
    Very ingenious for toting heavy items! What's in the bottom that holds it so firm?
    It says to use a heavy piece of cardboard or thin board, but I used some 1/4" foam board and it works fine. I just covered it with fabric and stapled and then glued down the overhang to the back of the board.
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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    I have one like that, but without the ends, made of canvas and use it to carry logs in for the fireplace. It's much easier for me to maneuver than that big tub thing DH uses.

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    Those are beautiful. I love the polka dots.
    so many quilts to make, so little time.

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    Thankyou!! This is just what I needed for a Christmas Present!! I can do a small one for a designer purse and the large for a matched set!! You saved me!!!
    don't stop!just keep trying and something usable will turn out!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps 150 View Post
    It says to use a heavy piece of cardboard or thin board, but I used some 1/4" foam board and it works fine. I just covered it with fabric and stapled and then glued down the overhang to the back of the board.
    I am making a bag to hold a 21" flat screen monitor for my husband to take to do demos for his business....I wonder if the foam board would be strong enough, or I need to keep searching....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girlfriend View Post
    I am making a bag to hold a 21" flat screen monitor for my husband to take to do demos for his business....I wonder if the foam board would be strong enough, or I need to keep searching....
    I'm not sure. I know I read a post by one woman on here who used an old cutting mat, cut to size, in the bottom of her bags. Another uses several layers of plastic canvas and others use a thin board called Luan that's sold at all lumber yards.
    "Love is not love which alters when it alteration finds, or bends with the remover to remove."

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