Each fabric has its own personality; and just like mixing interesting guests at a dinner party gives you dozens of fascinating conversations - how you combine fabric in a project gives you an unlimited number of beautiful end results. That's the idea behind our R&R series: we Re-imagine and Renovate a classic design to come up with a whole new look. This week we have four wonderful projects under the Put A Gift In It theme: innovative ways to wrap up a special something for a special someone. Today's cute and casual tote is named after my favorite Angela, our oldest daughter. She designed it herself and always gets tons of compliments on it. We recently featured the original bag on our Pinterest boards and immediately got dozens of repins. Seemed like a great time to give it a new look for the new year! This is a super simple project you can easily make in an afternoon. With two inside pockets and its unique tall design, the bag holds a surprising amount of stuff at a finished size of just 12" x 9" x 2" (excluding the cool top waves).
Our thanks to Fabric.com for sponsoring today's R&R project. Fabic.com is like a theme (or dream) park for the sewing enthusiast. You could actually set aside some vacation time to take it all in. It's an intuitive experience with everything you could imagine laid out in an easy-to use-shopping system, including international shipping and great customer service.
We used the following fabrics and trim from Fabric.com for our new Angela Bag:
And, for the strap: 1½" Poly Twill Tape Ribbon in Brown (#MAR-432)
To Re-imagine & Renovate your own Angela Shoulder Bag, go to the original tutorial:
Our R&R bag was sewn exactly like the original.
Hints and Tips
Looking for more information on blending, mixing and matching your fabrics? Check out these tutorials:
Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever