Everything else on that blog was finished and posted... Nuno felted scarves, and my wonderful blanket type Kwik Sew Minky Coat that really hit the spot this past cold week. Now I have to get ready for the summer. I am either going to buy something on the water where I can slide my kayak in or do my ususal 4 weeks near Assateague in cottages on the water. I haven't decided if I am up to the challenge of purchasing... but I have to decide soon or my cottages on the water will be gone.
This is the same gauge plastic as you can use to make a picture pocket on the outside of a grannie tote to put her grandchildrens pictures in. I am just totally covering the fabric so I can put wet kayaking clothes in the tote when I am through kayaking. I ususally layer with a cover up T and shorts and then take them off of the top of my bathing suits and then put on a long lycra dress and go out to dinner when local kayaking or at the beach when I am going to the boardwalk.
So first I will go back to the tote. It is about 1:00. Finish it and move on to the Billow etc.
So the outside is covered with the plastic...
The handle is a skin from GStreetFabrics.com that I will shape into a tote handle.
The clear plastic is from GStreetFabrics.com and is sewn in a one piece half yard piece over my very own fabric-with my photos printed on it.This was made with the regular eco canvas fabric.
The other side is my solo kayaking fabric-Kayakin at sunset
The inside with be a cotton batik from GStreetFabrics.com... There are many to choose from
Many Batiks to choose from at GStreetFabrics in Rockville, MD see Google Maps for location to visit...
So you Sew your outside of your Tote.... and then sew it to the clear plastic.... so you have as few holes as possible in the clear plastic... this is the same gauge as the plastic used for photo pockets on Grannie Totes... Also purchased from GStreetFabrics..... as I work there... most of my fabrics are purchased there, GstreetFabrics site- order on line
unless as in this tote the fabric is something I printed.
Tote outside is made by flat felting a seam between front and back and then sewing the plastic on around the selvage.. the least sewing through the plastic is the best as they are hole punctures that may let water in.
The seam is only in the fabric at one side.... the clear plastic is 54 inches wide so you only have to seam on one side.... so my intent is to seam one side on the outside and oneside on the inside layer and then sew the two sides together...and flip so the batik covered by plastic is on the inside.
The tote handle has many decisions.... if you are putting hard stabilizer interfacing inside the two layers it will practically stand alone with a rectangular side and bottom.... so you can use a long handle or two smaller handles and carry like a purse handle... I don't use shoulder straps, so I will not be putting that on... but here is how your layouts for the straps look:
This is shorter handles all of these in this color are cut from one small skin sold at GStreetFabrics
There is enough skin to do a long tote handle from one side to the other if you are making Rectangular totes... this will be rectangular... and with stabilizer inbetween
Be Back as I finish the next Two items with pics....OMG! it's 3:15.... time for more COFFEE in my cup...!!!!
Okay... I am all over the place... you know I only have off today and then I have to go back to work tomorrow... so ..
I cut out the sleeves and the back, but I couldn't get the whole back to fit.
As usual the fabric came from the "Treasure Hunt Room" at work at just 2.97 a yard. That meant I had to take the size piece it was and make it work. I love the colors and the fabric weight.... soooooo
I had a few pieces cut out to a dress... my typical draping front as my blouses I wear with my suits to work..
Dress is done... Fabric from "The Treasure Hunt Room" GStreetFabrics in Rockville -Black Jacket will also be from Treasure Hunting at G
Now.. Jewelry?Jacket?Totes... okay Totes... then jewelry and jacket and wear tomorrow... change thread for totes and back for jacket , then do billow... and then start on quilts and get them off the tables once and for all...
hopefully all done and mailed by weekend... GOAL... because I want to go do something on FRIDAY.... look at dream house goal... but I can't if I can't finish these things!