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It's all about the bee's knees - DIY Handmade Large Tote

It's all about the bee's knees - DIY Handmade Large Tote
Whatabout ye folks, it's Lee here.  So I made another one of Debbie Shore's large tote bags...well, it has been a wee while since I last made one, lol. I've made so many now that I could probably sew them in my sleep, teehee.  Here's the link to the bag in case you want to have a go... Debbie's Large Tote Bag.
As usual, I made a few modifications which I'll share below.  I think this is the first one I've made where I didn't make many of my wee "Lee mistakes" as my wee Mamma affectionately calls them, lol.  This one is going to my Auntie Fiona, or Fifi as she's affectionately known.  She loves bees and this fabric was a dream to work with.  No issues at all.
I wasn't sure which fabric Auntie Fifi would prefer as the main body so my Wee Mamma let me know that the Honey Yellow was the way to go.  The bag has a really good sized zip pocket on the outside.
And both sides of the bag have the expanding pockets made from the contrasting navy fabric, which are great for your phone and a water bottle.
A nice secure zip closure keeps the contents of your bag nice and safe
I added 2 divided pockets which are a perfect size to keeping your mobile phone secure
And on the opposite side of the bag there is a large zip pocket to keep items more secure.
It's a really good sized bag which would be perfect for weekends away.  My Aunt and wee Mamma love to take themselves away for a few days to a hotel somewhere on the Island of Ireland,  So hopefully this bag will be great for their many adventures away.

That's it from me folks.  See you next time.  
Toodles Noodles.......Lee aka Crafty Loops xx

All links were valid and working at the time of typing.  Sorry if the items are gone by the time you read this.  But if you do a quick Google Search, it should help you out.

Vieseline/Vilene Fusible fleece interfacing, H640 - Amazon (the interfacing that Debbie recommends)
Zips - purchased on Ebay.  The exact ones are gone but a quick search on Ebay should come up with plenty.

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  1. I am loving this beautiful yellow tote and I'm sure Auntie FiFI will to, looks lovely with the navy lining xx


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