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Thread: Charm Party Tote

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    Super Member sunflower126's Avatar
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    I made this tote for my daughter to replace her worn out Vera Bradley. It is made using charm squares. I lengthened the strap a bit and only used the 9" square pocket once. I created a pocket that was not as deep and made it wider to divide into 3 small pockets. I also added a magnetic snap. The next time I need to adjust the lining a bit, it didn't fit as snuggly as I would like. By the time I decided that it was all top stitched etc.

    Pattern: from www.quiltsillustrated.com
    Number: PS106 Charm Party Tote by Penny Sturges

    The directions are very easy to follow and quick to make.
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    Very nice tote. Thank you for sharing.

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    Thanks for sharing the photo; beautiful tote! Also, thanks for sharing the pattern info.

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    Great color combo, great work!

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    Very nice colors, aren't charm tote bags awesome. I made 5 last year for friends to put their cross stitching in when we went to a stitching convention. Everyone loved them so this year I made one and donated it to the breast cancer auction dinner and it fetched $425.00. I machine embroidered the name of the festival and year on it too.

    I love what you did with the inside pockets, I have to do two for next year's convention and I think I might do that with the interior pockets.

    Isn't it nice to be able to make your own bags. I was hooked on Vera Bradley bags but with the economy the way it is and the ugly colors they have been having, I decided it was cheaper to make my own.

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    I love all the totes and bow tucks.

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    lucky girl, nice bag

    Pat

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    Pretty tote. I love Ms. Bradleys bags I brought one last year and use it when I travel. I have copied her pattern and made a large tote and a matching bag I love them all.

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    love the tote

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    Very nice! I have one almost like that.

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    Oh WOW GREAT BAG! I too LOVE V.B. but not the prices!!!!
    This is a great alternative! tHANKS for sharing.!!!!

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    Very nice Love the colors.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LAQUITA
    Oh WOW GREAT BAG! I too LOVE V.B. but not the prices!!!!
    This is a great alternative! tHANKS for sharing.!!!!
    I agree her prices are outragous! I brought mine on sale for 50% off.

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    Love your bag and the Reproduction fabrics used.

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    Nice tote! Can I ask what you used for the bottom of it to give it some sturdiness?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gellybean402
    Nice tote! Can I ask what you used for the bottom of it to give it some sturdiness?
    I used foam board. I have also used the plastic canvas but I think this is a bit firmer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pennyswings1
    Quote Originally Posted by LAQUITA
    Oh WOW GREAT BAG! I too LOVE V.B. but not the prices!!!!
    This is a great alternative! tHANKS for sharing.!!!!
    I agree her prices are outragous! I brought mine on sale for 50% off.
    I bought us each totes last year that were on sale for $19.99. That I don't mind paying. Don't like paying alot for a fabric purse because they don't last long enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunflower126
    Quote Originally Posted by pennyswings1
    Quote Originally Posted by LAQUITA
    Oh WOW GREAT BAG! I too LOVE V.B. but not the prices!!!!
    This is a great alternative! tHANKS for sharing.!!!!
    I agree her prices are outragous! I brought mine on sale for 50% off.
    I bought us each totes last year that were on sale for $19.99. That I don't mind paying. Don't like paying alot for a fabric purse because they don't last long enough.
    I agree. I do my own designs for quilting the bags I make and that makes them more unique. The V.B. bags i brought were just the diamond quilting, very plain.

    I like the idea of the foam board. I have been looking for an alternative to the plastic canvas because they don't sell that here. I was playing with the idea of the foam board and not that you said you use it I will try that.

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    Very nice!!

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