Wednesday, November 6, 2013

From Strips to Tote

While the pressing, cutting and stitching were relaxing and enjoyable, now it's time to create.

By dividing my strips into color families, I made red, green and blue braiding strips. 

It is fun to see the random patterns that develop as I braid the strips together. 
Wow, where did all these fabrics come from? 
Some were old favorites that I'm happy to have leave my stash. Some of the fabrics are more current favorites that still brighten my day. Together they work to create a colorful bag.

I love the serendipity of the braids as I lace them together.

Row after row is added until I reach a desirable size.

The ends of the braids are encased in a binding similar to how I would finish the edge of my quilts.  It is so satisfying to see the ragged, stringy edges disappear and a smooth, neat edge appear.

Just in time, my new braided tote ready for use.  
The weather is cooling and this will be a perfect match for my warmer coat. Red, of course!

Instructions for a similar tote are in my book,  
"Designer Bags and Totes" available through Herrschners.


  1. This made me think of my mother and the rug braiding she always did!

  2. Love this idea! Great way to use up leftover strips.

  3. I am thinking that this tote will definitely be calling attention to is terrific!

  4. Nice use of braided strips, I bet it's very sturdy.

  5. Thank you for your comments. Yes, this bag is very sturdy, it combines my favorite fabrics (both old and newer), and was great fun to make.


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