Monday, May 31, 2010


Hello Friends,
   Sorry I have been AWOL for awhile.  I was busy working on customer orders.  I am very thankful for all the business I have been getting locally but I am also thankful to have some time to do some fun sewing now that I have some free time.

I had been wanting to make a fun tote out of some Debbie Mumm fabric.  I kinda made up the pattern as I went along.  I would make changes if I were to make this again but I am fairly pleased with how it turned out.   

I like the front pocket.  The opening is where the "flap" folds down.       I put a pleated pocket on one side for a water bottle and another pocket on the other side to slip sunglasses (or anything else) into.

Close up of pleated pocket

I put a zipper closure on top.

A peek inside. 

I turned the bag inside out so you could see how I did the bottom of the bag.  I incorporated a pocket on the bottom to accommodate 2 pieces of plastic canvas cut to fit.  The plastic canvas is easily removed when the bag needs a wash. 

This will help keep the bottom from sagging too much.

If you look closely at the pic of the inside of the bag, you can see a little of the plastic canvas peeking out.  Hmm.. that won't do.
To make it more finished looking, I made a sleeve for the plastic canvas to fit into.  There, that's better!

That's all for now.  Talk at you later!


  1. Rumi, so wonderful and practical - great going!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

  2. That is soooo the colors...

  3. You thought of everything. Love how you did the bottom pocket for the canvas. AND you did a zippy pocket on the inside too?

  4. That is so neat. I need to learn how to do the zipper closure like you did. I really like it. Good job.

  5. Wow its great, love the fabric and the pleated pocket, actually love the whole thing.Welcome back i have been thinking of you.

  6. Wow, so cool. Love the fabrics. You always do such neat work. Good job. Thanks for coming by my blog. I am taking a couple comments at a time and will visit each blog. I am doing my best not to be typing to much.

  7. Golly Rumi,

    Your Bag is the greatest! I love the colors and the Photos are fabulous. Your work has the look of perfection. Its just the nicest, best constructed stuff I've seen. Have a GREAT weekend. Hugs, Robin

  8. lovely ideas with that bag Rumi. I like how you've used the plastic canvas. I made a 3d tapestry castle once out of that, yet I hadn't thought of using it as a bag base. Brill!