In between sewing sock owls and stitching the redwork quilt, I have also been doing a lot of sewing on the machine.
Quite a while ago I found this lovely set of tea towels in Target and I simply had to have them. I'm not sure why... I never intended to put them into my 'tea towel circulation' since they definitely do not match my kitchen!:
Anyway, a few months after buying them I had an idea for making a craft tote, as I was sick of using plastic bags to transport my crafts when I went to other places (like my mum's). While I was hunting for the material to make it out of, I stumbled across the tea towels.
They were perfect for my bag, but there was one problem - I wanted my bag to be lined and I didn't have anything that even came close to matching the tea towels. As per usual, I put that craft idea on the back burner and focused on some other projects.
Another 6 months passed and I was really getting sick of using the plastic bags. I'm sure you can imagine my delight when my lovely sister (one of many) bought me back some fabric from her trip to Japan. What better material to line my bag with (isn't it beautiful!):
Out came the tea towels and I sketched down my design and started cutting and sewing away. After about an hour of sewing, I had a completed craft tote:
I must say I am absolutely in love with it and those that have seen it have also said how lovely it is. The thing that I love most of all, is how the lining really comes to life when I open up my bag. No boring old craft tote for me!