FO: Mexican oil cloth tote bag

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I had a long Easter break and spent some of my holiday finishing UFOs. This self drafted bag was one of them. I used a fabulous oil cloth bought from Kitsch Kitchen in Amsterdam a few years ago. If you like colour, kitsch and bright Mexican oil cloth, this shop is heaven. It’s one of my favourite shops in Amsterdam after the waffle shop.

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It was my first time sewing with oil cloth and my new machine didn’t fail me. I got away with using a standard foot and didn’t even need to put masking tape under it. I increased the stitch length and sewed a bit slower.

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Oil cloth tends to colour over time, especially on areas like bag handles. To get round this I backed the underside of my handles with gingham and folded it over to bind the edge.

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I also lined the bag as I wanted to add an inner zip pocket. I followed this excellent tutorial on the U-handbag web site and my pocket turned out rather well. It’s similar to sewing a bound buttonhole or welt pocket.

This bag is so cute and I adore the happy print. It will cheer me up when I go back to work this week.

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