Tote Bags for Christmas Gift Exchange

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  1. Dec 3, 2018 #1

    JanelleTrebuna

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    I've been working on tote bags for an upcoming Christmas gift exchange at my church since July.
    I made a total of 5 and will share two of my favorites (so you don't get picture overload :) )
    I dyed the teal fabric on the black and white polka dot bag; wrapping the fabric around coarse ropes and twisting it.
    The other bag has cute little forest animals and is based on the Tikki Tote pattern by Angela Walters.

    tote bag- polka dots black and white and teal blue.jpg tote bag- larger forest animals.jpg
     
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    those are cute! Nicely done!
     
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    Thank you :)
     
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    They are great and I am sure whoever receives them will be very happy. I really wish I could learn to like sewing.
     
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    I didn't get picture over load. (hint, hint!)
     
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    Love the patchwork bag, I hope they all put in the effort for the swap :).
     
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    Thank you. :) I'm color motivated. I think that is why I love dyeing fabric, making soap, and quilting/sewing. I'm also very tactile. So fiber arts appeal to me.

    I probably went overboard. I just really fell in love with the piecing. The other women are more pinterest craftsy. I think next year I will make soap. I'm pretty confident with my basic recipe and if I practice with colorants, I should be able to make some a gift-swap worthy soaps by then. :)

    Here are two more. The dark blue and burgundy is the first I made (same Tikki Tote pattern). I actually pieced it at a campground in Indiana when dh and I were out in our trailer for a couple of days.
    The other is made from the same jelly roll strips as the larger Tikki Tote Forest animal one. It is a more scrappy patchwork type tote. I even made the straps scrappy.

    Janelle
     

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    Those are so darn cute! Somebody at your church is going to be a very happy recipient! Keep up the good work. I see patchwork soap in your future.:D
     
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    Thanks so much :) Oooo, patchwork soap, is that a possibility?
     
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    Janelle, those are lovely!
     
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    Thank you :)
     
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    I bet everyone loved their totes, you did such a great job!
     

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