Mama don’t take my corduroy away

October 17, 2007 at 9:55 am Leave a comment

There have been hints of autumn here in the mornings.

There’s the slightest chill in the air that I get to experience for the three seconds it takes me to get from my front door to my car. It’s usually gone by 10 a.m., leaving us to deal with another hot, humid Tampa day, but it’s wonderful while it lasts.

I can’t remember the last time I wore a cozy sweater or a knit cap. I think one of the reasons I’ve been working with corduroy is because it reminds me of fabrics I would wear this time of year when I lived up north.

It reminds me of back-to-school shopping and electric blankets and turtlenecks and hot chocolate.

The above Toby Tote is made of ivory corduroy and lined in one of my favorite Alexander Henry fabrics. The handles are a contrasting pale aqua blue. The bag is smaller than the photos make it seem, so don’t be fooled! It measures approximately 8″ across, 7″ tall and 4″ wide and will be for sale very soon along with this Fiona Bag.

Made of black corduroy and lined in deep teal, this messenger bag is approximately 8″ wide, 11″ tall and 4″ deep with a lined flap.

The strap is 2″ thick by 47″ long and lined in the same black-and-white fabric found on the front of the flap.

Working with this fabric also reminds me of college, when I used to buy corduroy pants from the Salvation Army. I’d cut them into small squares to make patchy purses, and I’d cut out the pants’ back pockets and sew them into the liner of the bags. You know, back in the days when ironing, measuring and pinning was a “waste of time.”


Entry filed under: Fabric, Handmade goodies, The Boutique.

The Toby Tote Another day, another apron

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