OK, so I did come up with something new for the CSI Martha challenge after all. Remember this tote bag fail?
From Fail to Fixed!
While browsing my Encyclopedia I thinking, "What can I do that is new?" I actually found a solution for my old tote bag problem.
The book has many suggestions for embellishing existing tote bags. Voila! Target dollar spot has $2 straw bags! Problem solved! I cut out the embroidered vintage style Texas map that I made and used super strong Wonder Under to iron it on to the straw bag. Then I hot glued some ric rack along the edge. I was really happy with how well the heavy duty Wonder Under worked. It's on there.
My Aunt Jean was such a wonderful hostess during our stay in Texas. In addition to throwing a beautiful wedding for her daughter, she hosted the whole family for meal after meal in her home. I was disappointed that I didn't have the bag done to give her as a hostess gift. Now I like the new version much better anyway and it will now become a thank you gift.
You can read about how I used Citra-Solv to make this embroidery pattern here.