It was Michelle's last day at the office. We all had little farewell gifts for her and this tote bag was my gift to her! Michelle is an all-Amercian girl. Everything about her is red-white-blue! I had this idea of making her a tote bag the day she submitted her resignation. I went to several fabric stalls looking for the right fabric. Bought the denim, red-checks and a plain white (not shown here because I did not use it!) fabrics from Hobby Lobby. Stared at these fabrics for a couple of days looking for some inspiration. Nothing came :( and somehow I felt that I was missing something. Finally, on Saturday morning, I knew I had to go to the craft stall again. It was raining heavily but to Joannes & Hobby Lobby I went again. @ Hobby Lobby, there was this roll of fabric, white with red and blue stripes, waiting for me! (and it was on sale!!) I did not see it during my previous visit here.
I used the red-checks fabric as the lining with a denim pocket on the inside. Included a magnetic snap for closure. The idea of adding fabric buttons came upon just before I stitched everything together. TA-DA! A red-white-blue tote bag for Michelle! She loves it. Several other ladies at the office also loved it. I'm becoming the office bag lady!