Wednesday, April 5, 2023

Totes Adorbs Tote Bags

Well, I wasn't planning on popping by today, but I had to stop in to share some exciting news.  Yesterday during sewing class, I was able to finally finish the tote bags that I started way back in my third session in Fall of 2018.  Now, I'm in my 11th session and it's 4 and 1/2 years later, but the bags that I started are finally finished!!!

You probably remember my original tote bag, the Beauty and the Beast stained glass bag that started it all.  I loved it so much that I also started cutting out a few other bags during that class.  Ever since then, the other four bags that I started have been paused in various stages.  I've worked on them here and there throughout other classes, but this session, I really wanted to get them finished once and for all.

Three of them were very close to being done, so I started there.  Last week, I finished Ariel, Steamboat Willie and my Disney Princess bags.  I was so excited!

During last week's evening class, I switched gears to making the bag straps for the Halloween tote bag that's been in pieces for years.  I had been held up by the original straps that I cut looking awful since the black wasn't dark enough.  Now that I had better black fabric, I was able to finish them and make progress on it!

Yesterday morning, I focused on attaching the straps, making the outside of the bag, and making the lining.  During class last night, I assembled the bag, sewed both pieces together and finished everything!  Now all five of the bags are completely finished!!!

I'm so proud of them!  It's been a long time coming, and they aren't perfect.  But I'm so happy with how they came out, and they're "mine".  Here's a closer look at them:

Beauty and the Beast Tote Bag Exterior

Beauty and the Beast Tote Bag Interior

Ariel Sketch Tote Bag Exterior

Ariel Sketch Tote Bag Interior

Steamboat Willie Tote Bag Exterior

Steamboat Willie Tote Bag Interior

Disney Princess Sketch Tote Bag Exterior

Disney Princess Sketch Tote Bag Interior

Disney Halloween Tote Bag Exterior

Disney Halloween Tote Bag Interior

It feels so good to have them all finished and it's so satisfying to see them together!

Now, I can start to work on some of the other bags that I cut main fabrics for.  Over the past sessions, I've started to cut a bunch of other fabrics here and there.  I've got about 10 other main fabrics cut for the bags.  They will need coordinating fabrics for the stripes, lining and pockets, but I'm sure I'll be able to slowly get those together.  It's definitely easier to assemble a bunch of them at the same time... as long as you're motivated to actually finish them and not wait four years!  (Oie!) 

Now that my first batch of tote bags is done, I'll also have to take a look at the list I made years ago.  I've got ideas for all of the holidays, some of the Disney events and festivals, sports teams and more.  My favorite part is coordinating all of the fabrics and patterns to create something... so who knows how many of these I'll end up making.

One thing is sure, these original five bags are "totes adorbs" totes!  °o°

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