December 09, 2010

The Cute is in the Details

Today I made this little tote for my daughter's teacher.  I started out with the hint of an idea on Stephanie's Blog which you can see here.  I knew I wanted to make mine with the dashed lines but I wasn't really sure about size until I sat down with the scrap of Warm and White batting that I'd planned on using and found a scrap of white about the same size!
Teacher's Christmas Tote
From there everything was easy.  First I basted and then sewed.  Yep quilting first!  Then after I did the blue quilting lines I went back and added the red as sort of ah opps I forgot!  Then I hand - yes hand stitched the dashes.  After I squared that up everything came naturally.  I really wasn't in the mood for making straps so I pulled out a cloth tape that had seen better days (like the days before I cut it in half with the rotary cutter!)  I saw those numbers and thought perfect Math!  So they became the straps.  It really helped that when I cut it I cut it around 28 inches which makes a nice drop.
Detail of Quilting with Tape Measure Strap
I knew I needed to add a way to close it but the french seems were already looking thick so I thought a toggle would be great here.  Didn't have any toggles on hand but I did happen to have a button with the liberty bell on it so that added the final touch.  Not bad for a teacher's Christmas tote if I do say so and better yet that I made it from start to finish in one afternoon!
Liberty Bell Button


Stephanie said...

OMG, it's adorable! You did a great job. It certainly is different from mine but much more useable. It will be well loved! What a nice gift! Everyone will want your daughter in their class next year! LOL

QuiltSue said...

Oh that's brilliant, but you've really set yourself up now for a lifetime of making brilliant teacher gifts as word will get round the school about it.

Heather Landry said...

This is sooo very cute! Beautifully design and wonderful idea!!

Notjustnat said...

Really a cute teacher's tote. Love the idea using tape for the handle. Hope she likes it - Hugs Nat

Aunt Spicy said...

Totally dying! that is such a fabulous tote!