Thursday, November 3, 2011

A pleated tote bag

One of my oldest & dearest friends had her birthday last week. I've known for a while that I wanted to make her something for it. It was just a matter of deciding what. Well a few weeks ago I came across this great fabric at a fabric store - Pat Bravo's Hyperreal Garden collection for Art Gallery fabrics and I knew I wanted to use it. 
1 Yard of Lush Foliage Plum Cotton Fabric from the Pat Bravo Hyperreal Garden Collection for Art Gallery Fabric HG8401

I also had some great Joel Dewberry fabric to use for the contrasting parts. 
Fabric Joel Dewberry - AVIARY 2 -Lodge Lattice in Lilac JD46  - Free Spirit Fabric - 1 Yard Cut

After doing a search on Pinterest I found a really nice little tutorial for a Pleated Tote (or beach bag) from the blog Thimble Things I Make & Do - you can find it by clicking the name. :) Thanks so much for sharing your idea and writing directions! 

I made a few mistakes that I hope not to repeat again, but I hope that she'll appreciate the labor of love that this simple little tote was, I had previously never pleated fabric or used interfacing so those were learning experience. 

I did add a double pocket to the inside of the bag for cell phone/keys/lip gloss... in the tutorial she had an option for a zippered pouch but I like this a bit better - since I almost always leave those open. 

I can't wait to do my next one now! 

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