|vintage pillowcase tote bag in yummy yellow|
|another vintage pillowcase tote bag in orange orange|
|close-up detail of vintage doilies used as front pocket and cottage detailing|
|little fabric tabs using modern fabrics|
|on my mannequin|
|close-up of vintage doilies and modern trim|
|modern fabric trim tags and vintage velvet ribbon tag|
|vintage button details|
Anyhoo, I got an itching to start using my lovely fabrics..both vintage and modern. And the gorgeous trims ribbons buttons and other thingamajiggys that I've collected over the years...they all seem to be giving me that mermaid call.
So, this week, I dragged out my containers of materials and shoe boxes of trims and got "close" to them again. Inspired, I made these 2 vintage pillowcase tote bags. I learned the technique from Tif at her Dottie Angel weekend retreat sewing class last September in Seattle WA. I wear my tote bag I made at Tif's class all the time. And, gals always always stop me and tell me that it's super cute...thanks, I know...oooo, not too modest aren't I?
But, this time, I changed up the design and gave it my own twist...adjusting the Length and added the flip over collar at the top. I found that the original design from Tif was a bit toooooo long for me. I'm only 5' 1" and my arms have a hard time digging to the bottom of the long tote. So, I came up with my own way to shorten it and give me a top cuff to embellish. Now, I can easily reach into the bottom of the bag and there's still plenty of room.
Love them! I'm going to make more...and make more things with my fabric. I'll show you more photos when I'm done.