Friday, 11 July 2008

Tea towel totes, or 'bags made of dish-cloths'-how glam!



A while back I was

tempted by the tea towels in our local linen shop. (Our town is very old school; this shop is brilliant, linen, towels, lingerie (!) and lovely friendly ladies.) Ethel and Edna was good enough to send me a link to a tote making tutorial which I started to follow late last night and finished this bag this morning. The straps were a bit of a fiddle, and I'm afraid, as usual, I ignored the pre-wash instructions but it has actually come out with straps the perfect length. I think the whole thing cost me about £2.50 to make which I think makes it a bargain. I will be trying these out at the market too, and if they don't go I will be more than happy to fill them with goodies for friends for birthdays or.......dare I say it........Christmas! Hmm just had a thought..I wonder if I could get two tiny ones out of one tea towel as bags for little people. The local schools wear red and blue gingham and the private school wears purple so might look out for something in those colours. What do you think; does a lunch-box bag need to be waterproof? The local schools already use waterproof book bags so they would be just for lunch...I would definitely need to pre-wash these as they would need to be chuck-in-the-machine-able. Hate it when my head runs away with itself....come back!!!!!

9 comments:

ethel and edna's tearoom said...

Ooh pretty! Definitely charge more than £4.50 though!!! OK the teatowels are not expensive but there's the lining fabric and the time and effort involved in making them. I've made little brooches to decorate mine that can be left as trim on the bag or taken off and worn. Will try to get some photos taken and posted. :o)

Griffin said...

At least a fiver... at least. Thanks for the link to Ethel & Edna's tearoom too. Very cool. Clearly Jen, you know all the coolest people. Talent attracts talent... tho' why I'm hanging around here then I've no idea!

Think of me as a crafter groupie. Making the bags and filling them with goodies for Crimbo is a good idea. A craft bag with craft knick-knackery would be lovely. Tho' then you should probably charge a tenner... at least!

By the way, have you thought of selling your stuff in the local museum shop?

jennyflower said...

Why Griffin you are too too kind! I am intrigued by what you may know of our little museum? I have cut out another five bags this afternonn. So lets hope they sell or I'm going to be Sandwich's only bag lady.

Griffin said...

I know nuffink of your museum shop, but if they have a decorative/visual arts collection, then your craft stuff might be ideal to sell in the shop.

Nottingham Castle Museum's shop does this. Local craft workers sell their stuff in the shop and the museum gets a share in the profit. Tho' I don't know how much.

At least you'll be Sandwich's only couture bag lady.

Sharon said...

Lunch bags are a great idea! I made the small person one (cause I was too tight to pay woolies for a shmansy-fancy naff one, if truth be told!) worked just fine for shoving a tupperware box in and it washed (in theory..)

saraeden said...

Hi hun did you not get the email , i will go email you again :0)

Sara x

Kristi said...

These are adorable! I can't wait to try the tutorial and make one myself, but I don't think it will turn out as cute as yours!!

incywincy said...

These look great! Love the colours :D

Tizzalicious said...

That's really cute!