Canvas tote bags with a splash of neon

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This was a great, one-afternoon sewing project, and I love the result – large, sturdy, carry-them-anywhere canvas bags!  I used the pattern from my most favorite of blogs, Purl Bee – the Everyday Tote.  For the bag fabric (top portion) I used 1/2 yard of Cotton Duck in color Natural.  The bag accent fabric (bottom portion) is 1/2 yard of Kiyohara Linen Blend Solid in color Brown.  Both of these fabrics are marvelous to work with, and I’d love to use them for other projects, as well – I’ve made bags out of the Cotton Duck before, but I’d love to use the Kiyohara again, it is so soft and the color saturation is beautiful.

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The handle is 2 yards of Sangle Cotton Webbing in color Natural, and the hit of color comes from bias tape – 5 yards of Dot Bias Tape, in either Orange or Green.  Finally, I bought Mettler’s Neon Thread in the corresponding colors.

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The pattern is simple enough, but it uses a lot of important skills and introduces some unique approaches.  I had not used bias tape to cover up seams before, and my first attempts were far from perfect, but that’s the great thing about a bag – it doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be functional and look good!

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This project would make great gifts for a whole slew of people, and they go together so quickly that it’s fun to experiment with different fabrics and color combinations.  There are a lot more colors of Dot Bias Tape that I’d like to have an excuse to use!

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