In other news, Rachel at One Pretty thing is featuring my Happiness canvas art. I really love browsing that blog and getting great ideas.
I also finished a new tote bag. Keeping with the tradition, it was for a school teacher gift. The fabric is some I've had in my stash for a couple years now from Joanns. It's home deco weight.
I made one little mistake and took too much in off the box corners and so it is only about 8" wide when I meant for it to be 11-12" wide. I hate when I do stuff like that that can't be fixed. The bag won't be able to fit any large papers or books inside it, which kind of defeats the purpose for a teacher bag doesn't it? It's about 12" tall though. Good size for a purse? or lunch maybe?
There is one inner pocket with a velcro closure. The tan on the straps is a thicker linen. It shows some of the natural fibers up close and I love it.
After making bags for years I've stuck with what works good to help them stand and keep their form when they are empty. It's helpful to have some nice quality batting, and stabilizer for the inside.
I quilted this bag hidden in the ditch, where the fabric seems meet.