Here is what this post is really about:
|My newest upcycle - Floral tote.|
I used some denim that I have had in the stash for about 15 years. I have actually hauled this with me through 5 moves. It really should have gone in the giveaway pile years ago so this counts as an upcycle. Right? I used the selvage edge for the top of the bag. Its already frayed and very stable. For the flower I used this:
|Pieces from an old skirt. I put 'em through the ruffler.|
I cut several long pieces of fabric from part of an old skirt. I then hemmed all of the edges. After hemming, I put them through my ruffler foot. I'll tell ya, that ruffle foot was hard to figure out (they don't come with instructions) but now that I know how it works, I am a BIG fan. After I ruffled, I laid these into a flower pattern on a circle of denim, pinned into place and sewed the flower on. I didn't want all of the wonky stitching to be visible from the inside of the bag, that is why I used the denim backing. I then sewed this onto the bag. I tacked the real floppy parts of the flower so it would retain its shape.
|The flower doesn't flop due to small stitches holding it in place in certain spots.|
I used soft nylon rope for the handles. I just knotted the ends (knot first then cut. also, cut between two knots. that way the rope won't unravel) then used a lighter to melt the edge so it won't fray.
|The blue detail is quilt binding.|
|The inner blue flower is also quilt binding.|
|I used this flower sort of like a button or a tuft. I sewed all the way through the layers of this side of the bag, to help attach the backing to the bag.|
I suppose I should hire someone to photograph me through the process, so that I can give a proper tutorial.....I get so into my projects that I don't bother to pick up the camera.....