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straighten fabric edge

Essential Tutorial: Straighten Fabric Edge

This is an essential skill when making anything that requires straight edges like quilting, tote bag straps etc. Invest in a good rotary cutter and a decent sized self-healing cutting mat. Bigger is better, I use a 18″ x 24″ mat because that is what I bought a long time ago, I would go bigger if ever I get the chance. Go slowly with a rotary cutter, you will be sorry if you don’t. Also, make sure you *STAY ON*...

Replacing straps on a good tote bag

The straps on my favorite Vera Bradley pattern at the time were fraying and looking rather shabby. They really needed replacing. The photo below is my new favorite pattern (yes, I know it’s not a recent pattern, but I really try to make them last as long as humanly possible, they aren’t cheap!) and what the strap should look like on a tote bag. Now go down to the next photo, to see what I did to save my bag....