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Re-imagine & Renovate - Put A Gift In It: Trendy Weekender Shoulder Bag

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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:

For the exterior: Jenaveve Leaves in Merlot from the Jenaveve collection by Valori Wells for FreeSpirit Fabrics (#0261600)

For the lining: Designer Solid Broadcloth in Azalea by FreeSpirit Fabrics (#FB-001)

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:

Scrap It: The Angela Shoulder Bag

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:

How to Mix & Match Designer Fabric Collections

How to Create A Fabric Palette

Tips for Mixing Prints

Mixing & Matching Colors, Patterns & Textures

Making the Right Fabric Choice


Project Design: Alicia Thommas
Sample Creation: Kathy Andrews, What Sew Ever



Comments (3)

Jsandas1 said:
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Very cute bag.  Wondering if this bag is machine washable considering the batting is not quilted.  I'm a beginner and I like the idea of using a cotton batting instead of interfacing for structure but don't want to quilt. Thank you.

Liz Johnson.Editor.Sew4Home said:
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@Jsandas1 - As with the majority of commercial bags and totes, this one isn't really meant to be machine washed. Spot cleaning would be best.

mwlipari said:
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.I decided yesterday I wanted to whip one of these up to take to yoga class. It was ridiculously quick and easy. I used the same batik fabric for everything and I included a loop to hook keys to. It turned out perfect. I am sure I will be making more of these.

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