I was so happy with how the Checkerboard Tote turned out that I decided to make another bag for Atomic Holiday Bazaar with the same exact shape and dimensions, but with an applique design on the front.
I cannot tell a lie. I love, love, love applique. I love creating an applique design, and I love how it looks on the finished product. So while I enjoyed doing the checkerboard pattern on the front of the last bag, I kinda missed my old buddy. And I like to think he missed me, too.
So here we are, hanging out together in an alleyway, leaning up against a wall with graffiti all over it. Just me and applique.
Actually, that graffiti is on a wall along the alleyway behind our apartment. We have a very nice fence up around our property, so we can’t see the graffiti. Every few months, someone (from the county?) comes along and paints over the graffiti to get rid of it.
And while you’d think that cleaning up the wall would be a good thing, it probably just looks like a giant inspirational blank canvas to the graffiti artists. So within a week, it’s tagged again. There’s something new up there every few days. It’s like our own little ever-changing art gallery.
But I digress.
The Dottie Bag (for sale here) is made of chocolate brown corduroy and lined in a striped cotton fabric. I used heavy interfacing on the sides and base of the bag to make it nice and sturdy, and so that it would keep its shape.