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Hand embroidered tote bag - Crazy Quilt Heart Collection

Original price $25.00 - Original price $25.00
Original price
$25.00
$25.00 - $25.00
Current price $25.00

Cotton tote bag for eco-friendly groceries, books, toys, hobbies and more!

These appliqued bags are a riff on the Victorian crazy quilt style, using a series of fabric swatches, beads, buttons, ribbon, lace, rope, sequins and whatever else strikes my fancy. Stitching is a combination of decorative embroidery and meditative slow stitching. If my soul were a tote bag, this would probably be it... I'm really just a crow with a needle! You will find these designs are very three-dimensional. 

Please also note that the Spring Riot and Under the Sea designs are on hand-dyed bags created with Rit dye. Any variations in the intensity and coverage of color is part of the charm of this hand crafted item. 

The embroidery is all hand created by myself, inspired by the world around me. The colors are vibrant and the images unique. Each design is imbued with a sense of action and movement.

I love tote bags myself, and I use them for all kinds of things. My tastes are always in the unusual, unexpected and, ideally, eco-friendly. The bag bases, although mass produced in China, were purchased from a resale auction, allowing me to use quality bags without creating additional waste/shipping/etc. I source my fabrics for the backing and the applique from a variety of places: my family’s old clothing, leftovers from my local arts center, odd lots from the creative reuse store, and de-stashers on Facebook. Giving these things a second (or third!) life and keeping them out of landfills is my primary goal. I do buy thread new, unless I can also source it from de-stashers or creative reuse.

To make these fun carry-all bags, I create an embroidered image on a piece of fabric and then attach that fabric to the bag. (I call these patch bags.) On some of the bags, I will build a “crazy quilt” style image directly on the bag itself.

The basic tote bag measures 15”x16”, not including the handles.

Although the stitching is more secure than it may look, I would still recommend hand washing these. For my personal bags I embroidered, I have used a tiny amount of gentle laundry soap with room temp water, rinsing thoroughly and spreading out to air dry. I iron them before shipping and recommend using a tea towel or other cloth between the bag and the iron. Note a few designs do have sequins attached, and they have not melted during ironing, but I would suggest caution ironing directly on those designs.

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Embroidery
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Hand wash in cool water with gentle detergent. Dry flat, iron if desired.
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One of a Kind (OOAK)
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US
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In Stock: Ships in 1-3 Business Days
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