Friday, August 28, 2009

The Painted Totes are Done!

Here they are, the totes from my last post. I finished them a few days ago but it took a while for me to get the photos taken...rainy days all week did not help...neither did the photo editing program crashing daily :P

I made each bag a little different & was hoping to gather some opinions on which style is most liked. None of them have a closure. I figured that with their sizes (nearly 2 feet wide) a snap wouldn't do much and a zipper won't allow for overstuffing. I could easily add a simple tie closure, may try that on the next one. The straps have twill tape inside to give them more oomph. They all have 2 large pockets inside - one printed and the other in the solid color & sectioned. The bottom is reinforced with an extra piece of stiff craft interfacing fused (and quilted, on some) to the lining. The next batch I make will be half this size. I don't want too many XL totes hanging around.

Now for the bags & their differences...oh, and the center panels are all hand painted to mimic the print.

This first one has a strip of the printed fabric all around the top edge.

This bag has the 2 different colors next to the print.

This is the simplest - no band at the top and only one solid, no pleats.

Here are all 4 hanging above my idea where to store yet :P
The yellow bag was in the last's difference is the pleating...which is quite bulky when sewing. I feared for my poor little machine. The yellow is also a tad see through, which is what brought on the idea for the band around the top on the chili pepper bag.

So, any preference among the differences?


Audrey said...

Great totes!! What a great idea to paint the middle section! Love the colors.

hipchic~cynde said...

These are so awesome. Love them all!!

Splendid Little Stars said...

They are all wonderful!

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

So cute! Love all the pink in the bottom two :)