Wednesday, September 10, 2008

halloween tote

Gearing up for Halloween.
Yes, I need a tote specifically for the month of October. The pattern is Haunted Handbags by Artful Offerings.
I changed a few things from the original pattern. They call for black felt as the lining, but I wanted to use some of the fun Halloween fabric I have stashed. That completely changed how I put the bag together. I changed the pockets a bit too. And while it's not shown in the picture below, I tried my hand at finishing the seams ala Vera Bradley. Because all of her bags are of quilted fabric, the inside seams are finished with bias binding. I did the same and it worked very well. One of these tools came in very handy.
The "31" charm (it's hung on the button by ribbon) was done using my machine's needle punch attachment to applique the wool pieces together with felting. The ovals were put together with a machine blanket stitch. I need to use that stitch more often. It's very easy to make the stitch larger and looks great on applique.

I'll have to plan my entire wardrobe for the month around this bag.
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Jackie said...

Very Cute. I see a lot of black and orange in October for you.

Tuli said...

Delicious! On a smaller scale, this would be a great trick-or-treat bag for kids.

Carol said...

Love this! That lining fabric is the same as my halloween table runner I just completed.

Susie Sunshine said...