Since… January? I’ve had this idea in my head to make some reusable tote bags with iron-on images of my artwork or little sayings maybe, and sell them on Etsy. I bought some soft natural cotton fabric and cut out the pieces and then left them on my sewing table for WEEKS. Last night I finally decided to sew them together and, crap, I hate it when things don’t turn out the way I imagined they would. (And also, my brain keeps playing tricks on me making me think I spelled reduce and reuse wrong. I can’t tell you how many double-takes I’ve done since I ironed that on.)
Well, sure, it’s a nice bag. You should feel it. The fabric is like old pillowcase soft and it’s lined with cotton batting, giving it a sturdy, snuggly feeling. The straps are long enough to loop over your shoulder and it’s large enough to hold several books or groceries. But it’s just not what I thought it would be. It’s puffier (I should try a new lining) and the straps are a bit floppy (I should have lined them) and the iron-on transfer changed the color of the fabric (which I why I sewed on the binding as a frame to hide it). I don’t know. It’s OK, but it’s not my favorite.
On that note, how about I give it away? So many other websites are having giveaways this week, I feel like being charitable myself. If you would like a chance to win this lovely imperfect reusable tote bag handmade with love, and a little frustration, just leave a comment on this post by 8pm EST. Tonight I’ll choose a comment at random and that lucky commenter will win! How about that?