One of the stalls which gave me inspiration was one that demonstrated how to jazz up plain tote bags using embroidery. The tote bahes were mini in size so I thought they would be perfect for using with waste canvas to sew my design on. Additionally I thought they would make perfect gift bags for Christmas as birthday presents.
The inspiration I found at the Knitting and Stitching Fair
I found a lovely pattern in the most recent issue of Cross Stitcher (273) by designer Marjorie Massey (I am now seriously coveting her Made In France:Cross-Stitch Samplers book). For the tote bag I used the Egyptian cotton I bought at the Knitting and Stitching Fair; as it is a bundle of off-cuts there was luckily a couple of pieces perfect for the body and handles of the bag. I folded a larger piece in half for the body the bag and a thinner piece into 4 for the handles. Once I had finished cross-stitching the design on the front (using waste canvas) I pinned the sides together, adding seam allowance to the side and the top. I then sewed the handles together and pinned to the top of the bag and then proceeded to sew the body of the bag together. Although I did sew an ‘x’ where the handles joined the main body of the bag I don’t think this bag would be suitable for any heavy-lifting!
Full of presents!