I love Foam and Fabric Outlet in Asheville. I bought some denim remnants for 2 dollars a pound so that I could make a tote bag for Alice. I also found some upholstery remnants for a buck a pound. While I was pawing through the upholstery bin I recognized some of the fabric; Crypton. It was almost the same design as that of my couch slip covers. I passed on it but bought some really lovely stuff. I spent five bucks, total.
When I finally got around to cutting out the pieces for the denim tote bag I discovered that I had bought one piece of stretch denim. ICK. I used it anyway. Not the best decision but Alice didn't care. I also cut the straps too short. I couldn't make longer ones because I used up all the interfacing I had with me. I fused it to the straps before stitching them up. It helped with the STRETCH. The tote bag turned out all right; it won't be entered in a contest and is functional so I should be satisfied. She likes it and that's what counts.
We all know how therapeutic sewing can be. After my long drive on Friday and Saturday, I needed therapy, big time. Yesterday, my first day at home, I headed for the sewing loft. I reorganized the space a bit. That was good for me, too. I would love to show you photos of it. But after two hours of hauling bins and moving machines, it still looks pretty messy. Too much stuff.
Finally, I had a chance to sew another tote with the upholstery fabric. I like this one much better.
For some reason I had trouble with the pocket and the straps on this one. I am not as happy with it but it sure is summery looking! I lined it and put a pocket on the inside. It's chintz so it has that shiny surface. I think it will make a nice beach tote.