by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Good morning Cuties, I finally got back in my sewing room and finished this elk tote I started a while back. I always press as I sew, so when I touched the POLYESTER webbing with the hot iron, it MELTED. I think I got aggravated and that's why it went in the UFO file.

The design is from Embroidery Library with many stitches. I have pes format and when I dl the design, it came up in horrible colors. Thank goodness I remembered to save the color chart.
I bought a canvas drop cloth and stabilized it with Pellon 809 to make the body, of the bag. I pre-washed the drop cloth beforehand and boy did it wrinkle! I had some left over brown canvas I used for my bottom and those poly straps.
I also lined the bag with the same Pellon backed canvas, however, I forgot to add any inside pockets. How many bags have I made?!!// I think I just wanted to get finished with this one......
So now I have another gift for my niece to give away, on the Colorado trip, as they plan to see elk when they go. Hope you like it and as always, hope you have a great day!-Toogie

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by castor 25 Feb 2017

wy not make a clear plastic purse with 2 magnetic strips in the top seam that way you can see what is in it I love the embroidery what a great job hugs Ursula

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toogie by toogie 25 Feb 2017

Thanks Ursula

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by robertahilde 25 Feb 2017

A great design on a beautiful bag.
Hugs, Roberta

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toogie by toogie 25 Feb 2017

Thank you Roberta

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by pennifold 24 Feb 2017

Just beautiful Toogie. I did all my bags I gave my ladies luncheon group without pockets inside and I rue it to this day. I use mine every day and get so frustrated as everything goes to the bottom!!! Love Chris

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toogie by toogie 24 Feb 2017

I like a purse with inside pockets, too. I like to reach in and actually find what I am after. My sister on the other hand, likes huge bags and doesn't mind 'digging around' for what she's after, even though most of the time it IS on the bottom. Thanks Chris-Toogie

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by sewdeb 24 Feb 2017

Oh, Toogie, this is gorgeous! What a fabulous job you did on this one!

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toogie by toogie 24 Feb 2017

Thank you!

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by lidiad 24 Feb 2017

Love all your bags and this is beautiful and well done!
Hugs, Lidia

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toogie by toogie 24 Feb 2017

Thank you Lidia

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by jrob Moderator 24 Feb 2017

Your bag is lovely. I've found cotton webbing for $1.30 per yard. Leaving you a link.

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toogie by toogie 24 Feb 2017

Thanks, I'll check it out.

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by baydreamer 24 Feb 2017

Looks fantastic!

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toogie by toogie 24 Feb 2017

Thanks!

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by Sewmum1 23 Feb 2017

Lovely tote, great design even if it had loads of stitches

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toogie by toogie 24 Feb 2017

It is a great design-thanks

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by sandralane 23 Feb 2017

Terrific bag Toogie, love the design, well done. Sandra.

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thank you Sandra. The design is very nice but so many stitches on top of stitches, makes it kinda hard. Thank goodness its okay and worked on this canvas fabric.

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by mops Moderator 23 Feb 2017

Beautiful!

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thanks!

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by worthy 23 Feb 2017

Well done, whoever receives it will be fortunate. It will be perfect to hold all the things people pick up as they travel. You did a great job as usual pockets or not.

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

That's so nice of you to say, thanks. I want to make more things and wouldn't mind making more totes, if the cotton webbing wasn't so high.

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by Wendyy 23 Feb 2017

This is great. You have to be so proud of this. I know I would be. The stitching is superb!

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thanks Wendy, I don't know about proud, I'm just glad to be done with it. I think if I did anymore I would make the strap out of something else. If I bought cotton webbing @ $1.74 yard, it would be almost $6 just for the straps!

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by dragonflyer 23 Feb 2017

Beautiful bag, Toogie...and love the design...perfect for Colorado!

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

I think so too and that's what my niece wanted, an elk. Thanks!

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by katydid 23 Feb 2017

A beautiful save. Well done. It is a must to always print Emblibrary designs color charts. Sometimes I spent more time in my software trying to straighten out the colors than I do stitching them. I do however love their designs. My format is Art and I learned years ago to buy Pes from Emblibrary. I do appreciate the fact that Veronica's Art format designs are true Art. Kay

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

When I was first saving designs, I wasn't too worried about not having the color chart. Now I know the value of having them at your fingertips.
Thanks Kay for looking!

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by highlandermom 23 Feb 2017

Magnificent tote and design.

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thank you

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by sonjapotgieter 23 Feb 2017

Gorgeous.Well done

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thanks Sonja!

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by pennyhal2 23 Feb 2017

Everything about this is perfect! You have a lot of patience in sticking with this project to the finish. I imagine that working with a drop cloth would be very difficult let alone turning it into something so fantastic! Well done and completed!

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Wasn't hard at all to work with, after I washed and dried it softened up. I bought it at Harbor Freight, a man's tool store. The drop cloth wasn't much and if I decide to make any more I should get 3 totes made out of one drop cloth.

sewdeb by sewdeb 24 Feb 2017

I love finding sewing items at a hardware/non-sewing store! Seems things are just cheaper.

toogie by toogie 25 Feb 2017

They are and so do I love finding the unexpected.
It's kinda like clothing. Men's clothing are usually bigger, but cheaper. The manufactures know men won't pay the high price women pay, is what I think!

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by evilsoft 23 Feb 2017

It is beautiful. They should have no trouble seeing Elk here in CO. Sometimes pockets are not necessary. When I take a notebook to a conference, I have a small purse I drop in my big carrier bag.

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

So you're in Colorado? The Royal Gorge is on the itinerary, is that anywhere near you?
I know my niece wanted to do the tour after the end of May, but the spokeswoman she was talking to told her the elk would move up into the mountains by then. So the trip is planned for earlier.

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by kathymourie 23 Feb 2017

Very beautiful as always!!!

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thanks Kathy

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by carolpountney 23 Feb 2017

Beautiful

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thanks Carol

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by sharonleekesner 23 Feb 2017

TALENTED TOOGIE, sounds like a good name for you. This is gorgeous and I'm sure will be much loved. Do you know of a pattern or tutorial for this bag? My sister would love this.......................with horses.

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

A pattern? Remind me with a pm and I will measure and tell you what size I cut this one. Don't have time right now. I'm killing time, waiting on DH to get ready. We have a wake to go to.

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by crafter2243 Moderator 23 Feb 2017

Great job

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thanks

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by bemara 23 Feb 2017

Beautiful design, hugs Maria

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

It really is-thanks

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by maisiebo 23 Feb 2017

Beautiful bag Beautiful design

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thank you

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by noah 23 Feb 2017

Love it can i buy it??hugs

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Already gone! I've only made 6 ITH small bags and this tote for her. I need to get as busy as you,m for more gifts for her to give. May will be here all too soon!

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by designgirl 23 Feb 2017

Great design.and love it on that bag.

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

I do love the design too and the canvas was just the right weight, for all these stitches. Thanks

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by basketkase 23 Feb 2017

Stunning design and bag, Toogie!

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Thanks Vicki!

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by spendlove Moderator 23 Feb 2017

Impressive - I share your pain over the webbing!

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

Oh have you 'been there, done that' too? I think I had got 5 yards for $2. of this polyester webbing, where as cotton webbing was $1.74 a yard. Now I know why the poly was so cheap....can't iron!

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by asterixsew Moderator 23 Feb 2017

A beautiful bag Toogie and well done on completing it inspite of the problem with the iron. Someone is going to enjoy using this

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toogie by toogie 23 Feb 2017

It didn't take long to finish it, but I just didn't want to work on it.... lost interest in it, I suppose.

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