Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Grandma's House: Fat Quarter Tote Bag


A couple of weeks ago, I met up with some of the other members of the Minneapolis Modern Quilt guild at Sewtropolis for a night of sewing. I decided to bring a project that had gone long past my due date...literally. I found this fabric line, Grandma's House, just before my second son was born and decided it would make up great into bags as thank you gifts for the two grandmas for all their help associated with the new baby...baby sitting while I was in the hospital, help after, etc. Well that baby is now 4 years old!



It is a very bright collection of fabric, perhaps a bit bright even for the recipients, but it does say Grandma's house!? (though neither Grandma has the hair bun?!) I have the bodies of the bags pieced (the photo above shows one side of the tote bag)and am ready to move on to the handles before layering it all together for quilting. This pattern (Fat Quarter Tote Bag by M'Liss Hawley) calls for handles with batting only inside and I have recently seen patterns that recommend using webbing inside also... and I am wondering if anyone else has tried this and has any feedback? There is nothing worse than a handle that cuts into your shoulder?!

4 comments:

ajuniorquiltersworld said...





Lovely! What a good idea!

Needled Mom said...





I love that fabric. I always use interfacing and batting on my shoulder straps. It makes them soft enough, but with a lot of stability too.

Mystica said...





Love the brightness and colors which all pop out!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...





I have not used webbing. Agree with Needled Mom that sturdy interfacing and fusible fleece makes a comfortable shoulder strap.