I Made a Thing!

and it feels wonderful.

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Two hours, start to finish, which includes some fiddly pattern matching.

I needed a dedicated tote bag for a new-to-me weekly commitment. My job title for this commitment includes “Owl” as part of it. (If you don’t know what this is, then never mind.)

My aunt, previously mentioned here, had made B a pillowcase back when she was enamoured of owls. (Previously it was dolphins, then owls, unicorns, and now it’s horses.) Since that was never going to be used I repurposed it for my tote.

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This is the before, with the Madras plaid as my lining fabric.

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Post harvesting.

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The Madras plaid had come from a quilter’s estate sale some 5+ years ago. It was leftover from a garment, so very weirdly shaped, but I loved the colours. The picture above has THREE seams in it. This bit was the lining, and at the bottom of the bag. I’m cool with things not matching perfectly when it will be hidden this much.

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Back of my tote. I love that the repeat is so large we don’t have any repeated owls. I also love that fierce looking owl at the top right.

And I love, love, love making something for myself that is pretty. And useful. And quick.

 

Edited to add: I used the Madras plaid tote tutorial from Noodlehead. But I ironed my fabrics!

And it’s been forever since I linked up with anything. Kelly at My Quilt Infatuation gets the honour!

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6 thoughts on “I Made a Thing!

  1. Hi Nicole! What a great use of that owl fabric. I’m not sure I would have used it as a pillowcase either, but it is perfect for your bag. And the lining has such happy colors in the plaid – that has to make you smile whenever you go in or out of the bag. It looks like your straps are a nice length – useful to put over your shoulder but not too long. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Yeah for being an Owl!!! ☺ I just downloaded that pattern last week. I may have to make that this weekend. The owls are too adorable.

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