Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Oodles of Oilcloth


I felt like the modern day, eco friendly version of a bag lady today...between my two boys, we delivered SEVEN large, lined/reversible oilcloth bags as gifts to various teachers.

As you may recall, earlier this summer I used the Purl Bee's pattern to make some oilcloth grocery totes for myself. They work great, but this bag is a bit more stylish and versatile making it more suitable for gift giving. It is an original pattern by my LQS that uses 2 - 5/8 pieces of oilcloth and webbing for the handle. Below I put a roll of paper towels in the bag so you could see how large they are.


This one below was one of my favorites...largely, because the black thread hid the less than perfect stitching. Half way through I switched to a walking foot, and the top stitching on the latter bags was much nicer.


And here are some of the other colors/fabrics of the seven bags, I had a few duplicates. These did go together rather fast considering their bulk...they were a much more realistic teacher gift than the table runners I had ambitiously envisioned. While my LQS doesn't have a web store, I'm sure they would be more than glad to mail a kit out to you...as you can see they have a great oilcloth selection.


14 comments:

HOPE said...





GORGEOUS colors!!! I know those were very HAPPY teachers! What a wonderful gift!

I love the photo of the them stacked on the stairs...

Blessings..
HOPE

Lynz said...





They are brilliant!!! I can't believe you handmade gifts for SEVEN teachers - what a wonderMom!!

kimbuktu said...





Very stylish indeed, nice gift.

Kim D. said...





Great job on the bags.. Love all the fabric choices. I can't wait to find the oilcloth at my lqs.

Mary Grace McNamara said...





Those are fabulous bags...I might have to check out the selection of oilcloth next time I make it to Joann's! Lucky teachers!

MGM

moramargaritaster said...





That bags are great and love the fabrics you used to make it.Great gifts!!

Happy holidays!!

Barb said...





Those bag are wonderful!!! Alot to catch the eye....lots of color...just wonderful!

passingdowncrazy said...





I'm so proud of you!!! I only finished one. I think my kids teachers are getting Valentine's gifts this year instead.

PamKittyMorning said...





Very fun!!!

Needled Mom said...





Those are fabulous!!!!! They will also be so practical with the great size. I have found that when sewing on oilcloth if you use a silicone foot it will work much better.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...





What nice gifts for teachers Karen! Your kids should all get "A's"!!

Marianne said...





Those are great teachers gifts!

Cornbread and Beans Quilting said...





I LOVE LOVE LOVE your bags!! Where do you buy oil cloth from? I have to make some! LOL I have been meaning to make some grocery totes forever, and you have just inspired me to actually do it!
melissa

Poppyprint said...





These are fantastic! Sadly, our selection of oilcloth north of the border is pathetic. Hopefully one day, our oilcloth will come. Love the colours in all of these. The teachers must have been thrilled!