Ooops. Yeah. No room on the cutting table. I finished putting the Log Cabin blocks together first (will share soon!), moved that aside, then got started!
I grabbed a BDU pant leg that had a fairly good cargo pocket and followed along with Tia's tute on my iPad.
Man. That's a pretty crummy-looking flap on the pocket, isn't it? Seriously. All worn through where the button hits - a clear sign that instead of ironing her husband's uniforms herself, someone sent them out to the Quartermaster laundry. What a
No. This is one of my husband's old uniforms. Never mind. (I ♥ the QM Laundry!)
Under the pocket was a pleat of some sort. In order to keep everything nice and squared up, I stitched it flat.
Why, yes. That IS pink thread. Variegated pink - King Tut 926, Red Sea. I liked how it looked on the camo, so I did this, too:
I couldn't help myself. Did I mention I decided to line mine? In hot pink camo? Tia's tute was so easy to follow that I thought I'd make it more complicated for myself. LOL. Even with that, it was a piece of cake!
For the interior pocket, I decided to use a chest pocket from a BDU blouse. I backed that, too - in a zebra print.
|Inside pocket; SGT Zim in the background, standing guard|
Why not, right? Then I thought I should do some pink quilting on that, too:
It seemed like the right thing to do.
For the binding, I used the zebra print. In this next photo, you can see that pinned in place - and can get a look at the inside of the tote:
Oh, yeah. I added the heart (a fray-edge appliqué) to cover up that area over the button.
Instead of making fabric straps, I used a black polypro. I also decided not to tuck them into the binding like Tia did but added them after I had the binding on.
Tell me that doesn't look totally cute! And hey, I knew making "strong boxes" on dog collars would come in handy in other endeavors!
I thought I'd add a side tab from the uniform as a closure thing. I'm not sure why.
I think because I liked it so much on Patty's bag!
I sewed the button on with the pink thread, too. I used my Grandma Z's thimble. I'm not sure what she'd think of this project, but I think she'd like that I was thinking about her!
Also note the nail used to secure the button at the right interval. I wanted a little more "give" to this than normal - a longer shank, if you will - since the BDU fab is thick.
Here it is, all done!
And a look at the back:
And now... a look inside:
Isn't that cool?!?!
Tia, this was SO much fun! Your instructions were great! Photos where I needed/wanted them, and enough verbiage to explain it all in the simplest terms! Thank you so much for sharing your VERY cool tote!!! I can see making this again SOON, and adding even more little extras!
Thanks to all for reading!