I ordered two cat print fabrics online because I wanted to make a tote for my son’s girlfriend who likes cats. I decided I would choose which one I would use for Ryley’s tote once the fabrics arrived, and I would make another bag with the other print. I just finished the other bag and put it in my Etsy shop.
The fabric was originally grey, black and white with accents of pink. I over-dyed it with deep yellow and bright pink. The bag is fully lined with pink polkadot fabric and it has one interior pocket.
The dimensions are 8″ x 8″ x 2″. You can throw it in the washer and dryer!
Here’s the totebag I made for Ryley. She likes purple.
This bag incorporates many things I love. The reverse applique is inspired by the techniques in the Alabama Stitch Book. Every part of this purse is sewn by hand. It’s made from recycled T-shirts. The top layer is hand-dyed, the middle layer is a souvenir T-shirt with a kitchy seaside image and the inside layer is a well-loved sweatshirt.
I love to knit and felt. The handles and the bottom are made from felted stash yarn.
Despite the handmade nature of this bag, it is extremely durable and can even be washed!
(This post is actually a repost from an old blog of mine, http://t-cycle.blogspot.com. I felt inspired to share this project after reading recent posts from other bloggers sharing Alabama Chanin projects. I have made countless projects from Natalie Chanin’s books over the past few years and have enjoyed using her techniques as springboards for my own adaptations for upcycling t-shirts.)
I decided to dye the shirt Orchid because I thought it would contrast nicely with the gold colors in the image.
Next, I cut the pieces out for the fitted tank. I had just enough fabric from the XL T-shirt to squeeze out all the pattern pieces. XXL T-shirts are actually more suitable for this project.
The entire garment is hand-stitched. I settle in on the couch and get myself in a mediative state of mind when I’m ready to begin stitching. I decided to use red thread for the seams and gold thread for the neckline and armholes. I always use contrasting thread on these projects as the hand-stitching is part of the design, and should be featured rather than blended in.
Here’s the finished tank. My favorite model wasn’t around for me to photograph for this post.