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Old 06-01-2018, 07:27 AM
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Lightbulb Tote bag patterns or ideas wanted

Participating in an auction each year at the end of the year is a great way to use all your patterns that you've been wanting to try but never did. However, I have run out of ideas after doing this for 10 years now. I need some suggestions or pictures of new or unusual tote bag designs. The size doesn't matter. Can you help me? Thanks!
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Old 06-01-2018, 08:41 AM
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Do you have a list or pictures of what you've already done?
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:31 AM
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I have been strip piecing these QAYG. Very quick to make.
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Just saw a tutorial for the Origami tote bag recently. Looked very interesting...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vskbDx1K0hA
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I’m taking a class later this month to make a reverse applique tote using denim.
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Old 06-01-2018, 09:55 AM
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It depends on how much work you want to put into it. I made a Professional Tote this year. It's a great bag but not a quick and easy one. There's a lot of zipper pockets and detail work which is what makes it a great bag. Lazy Girl designs has several cute totes. Again, not fast and easy but really nice.
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Old 06-01-2018, 10:01 AM
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I've seen bags made in the shape of chickens on sites like Pinterest. I made a cow tote bag as my first sewing project as an adult (it was a printed fabric you cut out and sewed, but I've got a copy of the pattern I'd be happy to email if anyone wants, just PM me).

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There are totes made from the top portion of jeans, with colorful "belts" made with bandanas or other fabric. I've seen one someone made to look like the head of a highland cow (might have seen it on Facebook, but it was really cute!).

You could also make one with a two colored leather (I have one I really like that is black on the outside, red on the inside).
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here are some of my favorite free purse pattern sites:
http://pursepatterns.com/free_bag_patterns.html
http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projec...terns_ss1.html
http://www.allcrafts.net/sewing/pursesew.htm
http://www.allfreesewing.com/Bags-and-Purses

This is my current favorite youtube site. Unique projects:
https://www.youtube.com/user/ArtsAnd...able_polymer=1

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I like lazy girl designs one yard, one hour tote -freebie
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These aren't really tote bags, but they are so much fun to make and turn out darling. The pattern comes in three sizes. There are free patterns/tutorials online that do not use the curtain grommet if you Google "Japanese knot bag". https://www.connectingthreads.com/pa...n__D56093.html
They would make cute lunch bags or knitting bags. I made some small ones for my DGDs. They are reversible, too.
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Originally Posted by DJ View Post
These aren't really tote bags, but they are so much fun to make and turn out darling. The pattern comes in three sizes. There are free patterns/tutorials online that do not use the curtain grommet if you Google "Japanese knot bag". https://www.connectingthreads.com/pa...n__D56093.html
They would make cute lunch bags or knitting bags. I made some small ones for my DGDs. They are reversible, too.

I just picked up this pattern. I can't wait to make this.
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