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Thread: Another Tote -- Professional tote

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    Love the fabric, love the bag. As my SIL would say "It's STINKIN cute." That means it's as cute as it possibly be. That's starting to be heard sometimes in her neck of the woods (Portland, OR). Where do they come up with some of these? Personally, I think it's neat and groovy. :lol:

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    I LOVE it! I am going to have to order that pattern because I absolutely LOVE that bag. :lol: Your fabric choice is perfect! Look out Norway!

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    Very nice! Love the fabric!!!

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    gorgeous but too confusing for me to make, zippers & all, i'll have to stick to plainer ones. by the way, redgarnet, what are those things in your curio cabinet in ur avatar? they look cute but can't see them very good.

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    Well, you certainly did a professional job! It is beautiful, and I love the color!

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    What a great bag, I am going to have to get my butt going on stuff like this,

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    Is this as hard as the pattern looks? I have this pattern but haven't made it yet because it looks very confusing to me.

    BTW, GREAT job and colors, I know your friend will love it!

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    I ordered the pattern. How long will I have to sit by the mailbox? I want it NOW!!!

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    Sewnsewer2..........How much have you sewn clothing? It CAN be confusing if you don't follow it step by step by step. I did exactly as she stated...each step and checked off the step I just finished. Also - next time (today) I will NOT use fabric that has a one way design!!!! I had to buy extra, because the layout would have had flowers going sideways.

    Step 9B says to place dots on the bottom corners......be sure to see that she mentions in the drawing to put those dots on the interfacing side...LOL -- I didn't see that!

    Step 11B talks about "understitching".....then directs you to her website for instructions.....I STILL didn't understand what she meant! Much simpler to turn the zipper "down inside the tote" and topstitch along the top edge....You end up with the zipper not showing at the top...but being down inside the bag....duh - I hope that makes sense!

    If you have any problems, e-mail me and I'll do my best to help!
    Personally, once I figured out what she meant it was a piece of cake!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mary quite contrary
    I ordered the pattern. How long will I have to sit by the mailbox? I want it NOW!!!
    LOL I don't know --- I bought mine at the local quilt store!

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    Sewnsewer2..........How much have you sewn clothing? It CAN be confusing if you don't follow it step by step by step. I did exactly as she stated...each step and checked off the step I just finished. Also - next time (today) I will NOT use fabric that has a one way design!!!! I had to buy extra, because the layout would have had flowers going sideways.

    Step 9B says to place dots on the bottom corners......be sure to see that she mentions in the drawing to put those dots on the interfacing side...LOL -- I didn't see that!

    Step 11B talks about "understitching".....then directs you to her website for instructions.....I STILL didn't understand what she meant! Much simpler to turn the zipper "down inside the tote" and topstitch along the top edge....You end up with the zipper not showing at the top...but being down inside the bag....duh - I hope that makes sense!

    If you have any problems, e-mail me and I'll do my best to help!
    Personally, once I figured out what she meant it was a piece of cake!
    Thanks, I'll be sure to remember that.

    I sew purses all the time and the ladies at the quilt shop made this tote so I know what you mean about the zipper. They did theirs that way too.

    I really need to give it a try I've had the pattern for over a year :oops:

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    Oh my that is really pretty and WAY OUT OF MY LEAGUE.

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    looks beautiful and sounds very practical what more could you ask for in a tote??

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    Wonderful tote and the fabric is awesome. Great job.

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    Love it!

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    Very nice tote. What great color. Your friend will be very pleased and in a way you will be going along with her on her trip!

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    Tell your friend the following hint to get a bottle of water for her BEAUTIFUL tote LEGALLY on the airplane. Take an EMPTY bottle through security. Fill it at a drinking fountain. Take it on the plane. DH came up with this one, and it WORKS.

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    Good idea! She knew she couldn't take any thru the machines.....but she was planning on buying on the other side...I'll let her know that idea....MUCH cheaper! :mrgreen:

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    Wow is all I can say about the tote.
    I liked it so much I just ordered the pattern.

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    Beautiful!

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    Do you happen to know the name of that fabric? It is beautiful!

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    Dee, that is amazing! What a beautiful and thoughtful gift. I know your friend will be so thrilled. I know I would! :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by amandasgramma
    I just finished this tote! What a CHALLENGE! It's called "Professional Tote" and to give credit that's required...the pattern is by The Creative Thimble. I wish i could get a good picture of the inside....it has a LARGE pocket in the center (like a file folder). There's a total of 3 zippers, 2 buttonholes and velcro!!! The two end pockets (you see the hanging ribbon?)...is perfect to carry bottles of water. I made it for a lifetime friend that's taking a trip of a lifetime to Norway in a few weeks. It'll be perfect for hauling "stuff" onto the plane! I have to admit - this has been the most challenging thing I've sewn in a long time....and I can't wait to do another one!


    I just purchased this pattern, it came in the mail today, how hard was it? I make alot of Lazy Girl Patterns and the Bow Tuck Pattern. Is this one much more challenging than those?
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    I just found this! Can we say AWESOME?????!!!!!! Love it!

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    I LOVE this pattern. It isnt really hard, but you need to follow the directions, step by step, making sure you have done exactly what was described.

    It turns out beautifully..

    Here is a pic of the one I made..

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