Sunday, May 1, 2011
the panda sews: a mushroom totebag
i wanted to try something out from my lotta jansdotter's simple sewing book, so i made another tote bag. i used the same natural-colored linen from the raindrop tote & a mushroom fabric i picked up at jo-ann. i'm not 100% happy with how this one turned out - the tote isn't lined (nor does it require interfacing for added stability), so it doesn't feel as strong as some of the other stuff i've made. and her method of sewing on the straps left some unsightly stitches (although this is totally my own fault. it definitely would've helped if i had used a green thread to match the fabric rather than the white). i'll probably end up adding some sort of trim or ribbon to cover it up. all in all, i had more success with this tote bag method.
on a side note, i found a crazy-good rowenta professional iron at the goodwill for $6.99 (refurbished/used ones still sell for $75), so that was a total score! way better than my previous iron.
edit: a few weeks after i made this, i pulled out my "unsightly stitches" and re-did it. i am now officially 100% happy with the results.