Late last year Denise, a stitcher I got to know on Facebook, started sharing her designs for a tote bag, that cross stitchers could use to carry around their works in progress and stitching materials. I’m always struggling to find the best way to carry my cross stitch when I go to events or visit stitching friends, so I checked it out.
From her Facebook page she says:
“These totes are soft-sided quilted roomy 15″ x 15″ bags designed to carry cross-stitch projects on the go. One side is a cross over velcro strip that can hold up to a two 11″x 11″ Q snaps placed on top of each other. The other side contains three large pockets to hold your fabric, scissors and even an A4 notebook. The tote zips completely open so you can lay it flat.”
After having a look at her available fabric, I took the plunge and made the payment for one just before Christmas.
Quite a number of other stitchers did too, and over the holiday period we enjoyed the progress photos Denise was posting, as she began to make them. With permission from Denise, I’ve set up a library of the progress photos of my tote’s assembly. Check it out, the progress is just as fascinating as the final piece!
I chose a lovely elegant fabric featuring bursts of pink and yellow flowers with green leaves on an aqua and white background. The secondary fabric (used for the handles, insides and accents on the bag) was an aqua fabric with faded white dots. The only customisation I requested was for the bag to be stiffened, which Denise did by using a stiffer wadding before she quilted it.
The bag arrived today, and it was worth every penny I paid, and more! Thank you Denise!
If you’re keen to get a tote, visit the Cross Stitch Take Along Totes Facebook page. Denise has a lovely range of fabrics available, but if you want something different have a chat with her. Ditto on any customisations, she is very accommodating!