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    totes with some quilting

    I found some very nice western print fabrics at a yard sale and took awhile to figure out what to make. Light bulbs went on when i was at an auction and got 65 yards of furniture felt - 45" wide for $25. I cut out the fabric panels and then quilted them to the felt panels to make firm yet lightweight sides. I used mostly colored polyester for the liner and pockets and wrapped thin strips of the felt with the fabric to form the handles.
    The prints had 2 images with a border on each side that gave me about an 18 x 18 inch panel with the boarder sufficent to be used for the band to hold the straps.

    I added in a draw string closure at the top to provide an easy open and close feature to provide security which has been pretyy popular.

    The totes are roomy, light and strong enough for shopping or travel. They came out great and I've been able to sell quite a few so far.
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    Your totes are awesome. I love the Indian designs and your work is really nice. Hope you sell a bunch!!
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    The totes are really beautiful. I like so many of them. Your idea was brilliant!

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    oh the totes are so pretty. i like.

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    Wonderful totes! I got a bunch of furniture felt too. This is exactly how I was thinking of using mine, but I wasn't sure how they would come out. Looks like I'd better get busy!
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    awesome totes... thanks for sharing
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    Oh, my, those are very pretty!
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    Love the totes! Making something out of great finds is so satisfying. I have 2 bins where I save fabric for totes and aprons. I find the fabric at thrift stores, local guild sales, and furniture upholstery shops. Some of it is repurposed fabric.
    Glad they are selling for you.

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    I like every one, great job!!!

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    Those are all really nice!!!

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    I think those are gorgeous. Could you please tell me what furniture felt is? Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivepaws View Post
    I think those are gorgeous. Could you please tell me what furniture felt is? Thank you.
    And are they washable with the furniture felt? I love them all!

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    They are all very pretty.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandma Bonnie View Post
    And are they washable with the furniture felt? I love them all!
    I live a few miles from the BEST dollar store in the world. She had these for, yep $1. They can be used as furniture moving blankets ( mine measure 60 X 70) or as padding to go over wood or springs in upholstery. They are about 3 or 4 X as thick as poly craft felt and look very similar in texture. I did wash a piece to see what would happen. Mine came out fine. I think this may be a recycled product, so there probably is a lot of variation in what you can get, so you might want to test any that you purchase.
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    wow, they are wonderful
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    The fabric panels are beautiful and look great in the totes pattern. Wonderful totes!!
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    I love what you did with your panels. Beautiful work. I can understand why you are able to sell them!!! Great job!

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    You did a great job! They are really wonderful, and very practical.

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    Brought tears to my eyed. So beautiful.

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    great totes, beautiful fabrics
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    How cool are those! Great job!
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    Love to hear the repurposing stories! And I love your totes! I can see why they are selling so well!
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    Very pretty totes! Love how they look.

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    They came out very nice with a lot of ingenuity on your part.

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    Great bags. Well done. I can see why they would sell.

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