Sunday, October 13, 2019

A Second Tote

I’ve made a second tote bag using a Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric print.  It is like impossible for me to resist this line of fabrics.  They say “come on, come on, let’s go home together”.  

I also love this grungy lining print I used.  The two prints have nothing to do with each other except that I love them both.

With this second tote I fused a medium to heavy weight interfacing to the fabrics and I like the sturdier body I get with it.

Here next I had gone to what was called and Junk & Art Market.  It is a junk and antiques store mixed with some crafty art items.  On this day they added some outdoor craft vendors.  

But this vintage sewing machine find obviously sits outside all year round.
Wouldn’t that be a great outdoor decoration at a quilt shop or even if you have a separate studio she-shed in your backyard.  I did not ask the price and it also was weathered...faded away from sunshine.

This rusting process would have to already be started for me.  I could NEVER set out in the yard a rather decent condition machine to become weather worn over time.  Many would say what an awful thing to do, but since it’s done and there’s no changing it, I think it has it’s coolness as an outdoor decoration.


  1. Hi Annie oh wow i love this bag and the fabric is awesome,such an awesome finish for you .
    Yes i love the machine as a garden decoration,hope you have a wonderful day my friend xx

  2. I love the sewing machine. I have my mom's old Domestic sewing machine from the 1950's. It's in my studio room, I could never put it outside to rust. I just need to relearn how to sew on it. I used it some as a teen. Mother eventually got a new machine but I loved the looks of the old one. My sister, the Home Ec major, got Mom's "new" machine but I wanted the old one. It's like art.

  3. I could never do that either to a machine. When I think that I sold my Mother's and Sister's machines for like $15 at rummages. yikes! What was I thinking! Ok now I know my Tim Holz is calling me!! I'll let you know what I come up with.

  4. My mother's Singer Featherweight made almost all of my clothes. She eventually gave it to me, and I passed it on to my daughter. No fancy stitches, but a great sewing machine that has so far benefited 3 generations without a bit of plastic to its name. Love the tote, Annie!

  5. Love your #2 bag so very much! What is the pattern name? Thanks in advance.

  6. Great bag Annie - the two fabrics work together really well. The machine look great - I suppose that there are only so many that can be rehomed and once they have stopped working not everyone wants to keep them. Better as a garden ornament than on the tip! xx

  7. Love the bag Annie. As always, your fabric choices are great! Your sewing machine made me think of the old treadle machine that I have in my sewing room. I don't use it, but don't have the heart to get rid of it either. I learned to sew on that machine, way back when.

  8. As always this is fabulous!!!! Love it!!!!

  9. Oh yes, the tote looks great and I love this fabric too with the text and low-value colours. (Does low-value mean grey and white or is that monochrome?). Grungy lining is just the thing too.
    I feel sorry for the poor sewing machine left out in all weathers.

  10. Love your tote bag. I had never seen or heard of Tim Holtz fabric so I had to check it out. Wow there is a lot more than fabric. I am guessing that you have a lot more Tim Holtz than just fabric.
    BTW I almost missed your post because there is no thumbnail pic showing up on my sidebar for you and I tend to skim right over just the text. I have to pay better attention so I don't miss any new posts.

  11. great looking tote, love the patchwork design.
    I have lots of 'old' things in my garden, I love the interest it adds.
    xx Karen

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