Tote Bag with Felt Dahlia

I recently participated in a craft swap on Craftster.org. It was my first swap and had a lot of fun doing it. In this swap, everyone had to make their partner a grocery tote bag from a pattern found here. However, I found that Leslie’s Art and Sew blog had a better tutorial on her site.

My partner had said that she liked different greens ranging from an India green to a Kelly green.  I couldn’t find anything quite right in my fabric stash, so I took a trip to Mood Fabrics and found this gorgeous Vera Wang cotton. I loved it so much I got enough for two tote bags – one for her and one for me!

The fabric alone was beautiful, but something was missing. Not too long ago I came across a tutorial on making a felt dahlia on Craftiness is Not Optional. So, with glue gun in hand, I went to town and an hour later had a completed dahlia.

Not too bad for a glue gun novice! I think I burned my fingers more than a couple of times though and kept getting things tangled in hot glue cobwebs. Over all I’m pretty pleased with the project. Hope my partner likes it!

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