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    Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

    I didn't post this in show-&-tell since it isn't even remotely quilt related.

    Mrs. HandsomeRyan, Little Man, and I are renting a beach house this summer in SC with two other families we are friends with from high school/college. I decided to make us matching beach totes to commemorate the event. I found some very "beachy" canvas at IKEA of all places. The applique letters are a rainbow striped fabric from my stash which was purchased originally as the binding on some of my primary colored quilts. They will be lined with bleached muslin. I added a pocket to the front of each bag and I think I am going to add a small pocket and a D-loop with a carabiner for keys to the insides as well. I am impressed with how well my HV Sapphire 835 has been sewing through the multiple layers of canvas using a denim needle.

    Here are the bag fronts waiting to be sewn to the backs. The letters are the last initials of each family (Cooper, Bland, Gallik). They were applied with wonder under and zig-zag stitched to add a finished edge. I learned that I need friends with easier to cut/stitch last initials.



    Question: Is it worth using fusible interfacing to reinforce the muslin lining where the interior pocket will be? The pocket won't be very big and will not have a lot of weight put into it but I know muslin isn't the strongest fabric in the world either. Opinions welcome.
    Loosely based on a true story.

    #2
    Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

    Cool totes Ryan, sure to be a big hit with your friends. No advice about fusing the pocket but I'm sure you will get some soon. May

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      #3
      Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

      Ryan, I'd probably fuse the pocket and stitch clear through to the back. Just when you think someone won't put something heavy in it they will . . . You think you need friends named Ingram or Ireland or something?
      Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
      it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

      "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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        #4
        Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

        Ryan.. you have found a new "nitch".. these are fabulous!!! You could double the fabric for the pocket as well.... small stitches and 2 rows of them is another plus..IKEA does have some wonderful fabrics (for those of us that love Home Dec stuff).... lots of it is something you can't find anywhere else an at an affordable price..This type of item is very useful to have in your repitorey (spelling.. whatever, you know what I mean)... serves you well, for surprises and gifties!!!! Hugs to Mrs. HR and Sawyer!!!
        "Each day well-lived and Happy;
        that's all there is to Life!"

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          #5
          Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

          Nicely done Ryan! I have no advice to offer here, only continued praise for your cache of talent! I'm impressed!
          sigpic~~Libby~~

          Quilters make great comforters.

          Friendship is sewn with love and measured by kindness.

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            #6
            Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

            Wow...those are 'AWESOMAZING' as my Liam would say! Great job! Incidentally, my last name starts with "I"!

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              #7
              Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

              When I make totes, and I have made a lot of them, I always use the 987F on the interior pockets. Of course, in the bags I make, the women usually are carrying phones/kindles/iPads, so it adds some protection. If you don't have to worry about that, I wouldn't bother.
              pat.

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                #8
                Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

                What a wonderful gift idea. I am sure they will love them and they are so useful. When I make totes I do put shirt tailors on the lining just to give it extra support but like above they are usually have keys, phones, extra in the pockets. Please post pictures of the completed bags.
                Ann

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                  #9
                  Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

                  Originally posted by bubba View Post
                  When I make totes, and I have made a lot of them, I always use the 987F on the interior pockets. Of course, in the bags I make, the women usually are carrying phones/kindles/iPads, so it adds some protection. If you don't have to worry about that, I wouldn't bother.
                  Bubba...what is 987F??

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                    #10
                    Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

                    Originally posted by WendyI View Post
                    Bubba...what is 987F??
                    987F Fusible Fleece | PellonĀ® Projects
                    Loosely based on a true story.

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                      #11
                      Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

                      So cute - seems like you're getting back into the swing of things sewing-wise! I'd reinforce the pockets - just in case. It'll probably take you 5 extra minutes to add it and you won't worry later about the pockets

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                        #12
                        Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

                        Nice job on the totes Ryan!! I think I would use double layer of muslin with either fusible interfacing or fusible fleece in between then sew it on as usual.
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                          #13
                          Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

                          Great idea

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                            #14
                            Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

                            Originally posted by WendyI View Post
                            Wow...those are 'AWESOMAZING' as my Liam would say! Great job! Incidentally, my last name starts with "I"!
                            and not only do I have a really cool last name first initial...I really like cottages and beachy things too! How much better could that be! Is there a tote in my future?! LOL! I can't wait to see it done! And thanks for explaining Fusible Fleece! I truly do learn something new every day!

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                              #15
                              Re: Beach Totes for Summer Vacation

                              Those are really cool! Your friends will love them!
                              Sharon

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