Fun, Day of the Dead totes

I had been waiting since spring for this Andover fabric to be available. The collection, “Mi Famalia,”  is designed by Jesus Cruz who is an artist that lives in my city of Riverside, California. Both my husband and I are thrilled by this fabric – me, because I sew, and my husband, because he actually had Jesus as a student in a printmaking class several years ago at our local community college when Jesus was beginning his art career. My husband, Michael, can say “I knew him when…..!”

So far, with the fabric, I’ve made two totes. Same pattern with variations.

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The totes are also lined with fabrics from the collection. They have two interior pockets.
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The long strap tote sold before I had a chance to list it (I’m sure I’ll make more!), But the short handle one is for sale on Etsy.

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Day of the Dead sack

Recently I’ve been taking a break from my recycled T-shirt projects because I have re-discovered my passion for bleaching store-brought printed fabric and then over-dying it. Here’s two fabrics I recently bought at Jo-Ann’s.

After tying and bleaching them, and then tying and dying them in brown dye, they look like this:

I didn’t necessarily intend to incorporate the two fabrics into the same project, but after looking at them, I decided they would go well together in a “sack.” So here’s the sack. The handles are made from some tie-dyed fabric I had on hand.

 The sack has a 12″ zipper closure which completely secures all your belongings. It is fully lined with two interior pockets. It’s also very sturdy and can be machine washed and dried.

In addition to functioning as an everyday purse, this sack can be used a mini duffel.

This Day of the Dead sack is for sale on etsy.