Tuesday, January 17, 2012

{sweet awning stripe tote}

As I was wandering through the fabric department one day, I fell in { L O V E } with this awning stripe canvas. It had a fantastic texture and slight coating on one side. I am sure it was intended for use on outdoor furniture. I did not have any outdoor furniture to recover, but I loved it.











...it turns out it makes a great and sturdy tote bag...
 ...of course it had to have nice wide handles to support lots of goodies at the market...
 ...and a ruffled peony. I love the twine center...
 ...and a yummy ruffle...
 ...I gave it a nice wide bottom...
 ...it would be a great bag to load up with fabric, books, beach goods...
 ...a wide band at the top gives it a nicely finished look, and some support as well...
 ...I did learn I needed a stronger needle to sew through all the tough layers of canvas...
 ...but a bent needle was worth it...
 ...the thick muslin ruffle and silky layered flower offers a nice variety of textiles...
 ...I like to leave my muslin shabby on the edges...
 ...and the green stripe is perfect for Spring and Summer...
 ...plus it will fold up nicely for easy storage at home or in the car...
 ...and if I need extra support, I can always add a covered chipboard bottom...
 ...see how roomy it is...
 ...suddenly, it seems { GOING GREEN } is beautiful!
...enjoy!

{linking up here this week}

8 comments:

Blondie's Journal said...

This is so cute, Rae. I can think of a million uses for it! Love the stripes!

XO,
Jane

Bellaidea said...

very cute! best regards!

Gail said...

Refreshing shade of green.
I might add a flower like yours to my tote bag

Petite Michelle Louise said...

if that's what "going green"looks like then i'm with you sistah!! ;)

Dana Bishop said...

Very lovely! I love that particular green. It doesn't 'scream' for lack of a better word. And the ruffle and rose embellishment is perfect!

Dana

Evi said...

it looks beautiful and makes me feel like spring is not too far away.

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Love it and you can just wipe it clean.
Nice Spring colour too.
Susan

bscmoore said...

1/20/11 HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU! xoxo

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