Tuesday, June 8, 2010

CSI Project- Martha Inspiration- Embelished Tote

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OK, so I did come up with something new for the CSI Martha challenge after all. Remember this tote bag fail?
Road Trip Bag take one

 From Fail to Fixed!
Texas Tote

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.
Texas Embroidery

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.
 Texas Tote

You can read about how I used Citra-Solv to make this embroidery pattern here.

6 comments:

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Such a cute project! Very thoughtful and it turned out great!

Thanks so much for linking up to the Martha Stewart-inspired challenge!

XOOX
jen

Cair said...

Oh, I like this so much! I love the embroidery, and felt like the original bag just didn't do it justice. This, on the other hand, is PERFECT. Love, love, love it.

Your blog is my favorite. I wish you had time to update it daily with your great projects. But I also want you to have a life, so I'll just have to live with the time you find to gift us with your ideas.

jodi said...

Your aunt will be very pleased.

Rebecca said...

Perfect! You nailed it! I've been wanting to pick up the sewing encyclopedia. I have the craft one. I don't know what I'm waiting for.

Wendy said...

That turned out really cute!

Colleen @ MuralMaker&More said...

I'm amazed that the WonderUnder held on the bag. So good to know! I might try some decoupage on an old straw hat.