My piece of ‘rag’ weaving measured about 8 x 41″ once cut off the loom. Like I’d hoped, that was enough for my tote project
plus a little sample to go with my project notes.
I’ll want to consider its thickness and drape, how wide I cut the fabric strips, etc., etc., the next time I plan a ‘rag’ weaving project.
Since I had some of the ‘bear’ fabric left
I added a little inside pocket as a fun reminder of how it looked before I sliced it up.
Soon after it was finished I discovered that my ‘new’ tote can comfortably hold many skeins of yarn! YAY!!
I think this could be a fun project for beginning weavers because it takes such a small amount of weaving and yet yields very satisfying results! But I’m concerned about the sewing. I don’t have six sewing machines and even if I did, hauling them to a classroom along with six looms doesn’t sound practical. Can the sewing be done by hand? I don’t know. We could simplify the project a little by skipping the pocket. Since the weaving is purely decorative it doesn’t have to be attached with tiny tight stitches but even using big stitches it would take a good while. What do you think?
They could always finish the sewing at home if they didn’t get it done during the workshop.
While I consider all these things, I’ll be looking for a source of low-cost/high quality tote bags and practicing on some more thrifty totes. I’d like to have a variety of finished examples to show students.
Martha probably wouldn’t be thrilled to know that her tote was tagged $1.99 at Savers, or that I paid even less for it, $1.39. lol
Once you start actually looking for logo’d totes they seem to be everywhere! I recently got two more at GoodWill and a Big one at Savers – no photos of those yet.
Then I thought, does it have to be a ‘tote’? How about adding a hand-woven accent to a purse?!
Turns out purses aren’t nearly as thrifty as logo’d totes. This cute purse, large enough to be used as a tote, was $2.99 at Sals. gasp. HAha.
I’m imagining a hand-woven rag strip running vertically up the center and pieces of the uncut fabric appliqued on the side pockets. I hope I have a coordinating fabric in my stash. If not, a thrifty plaid shirt is a possibility.
I’d like your opinion about something besides the sewing. If I do this as a class project, which would be better? #1. Offering an assortment of unique like-new totes, or #2. Giving every student the same boring tote that I’ve ordered in quantity.
You can tell from the way I worded the two choices which way I lean – I would prefer having a variety of totes to pick from, but, I admit, there’s something to be said for New.
Aaah, I’m just now realizing that if I offer totes in all kinds of different sizes the looms will need to be pre-warped in different widths. Boo. Hiss. Sometimes uniformity is Very Convenient! So, New totes it will be, probably black so the colors in the weavings will really Pop!
Thanks for all your help on that. lol.
I still look forward to hearing from you on the earlier sewing issue.