Today I turned a wool applique' block I made last year into a tote. First, I surrounded it with borders using same wool from the applique', then I used its background fabric for the back, bottom, and sides of tote. It measures 19" x 17", with lots of room for books, a tablet, wallet, etc.
I framed the center block by couching two strands of colorful yarn. Instead of batting, I used ByAnnie Soft and Stable (I found it here) which gives body to the bag. However, I am not sure you can quilt it, as I have not tried it yet. Due to the [soft but] unavoidable bulk on corners and when top stitching, I sewed with the walking foot. The tote is extremely lightweight due to the Soft and Stable, my favorite material for shaped bags and totes.
The lining has a shade of blue which matches the shell's wool. There are lots of recycled wool on this project, and the handles used to be a belt... :-)
I have two more wool applique with embroidery blocks to use (the first was also turned into a tote, see it here), but they will have to wait as the beautiful weather is perfect for a walk with dog!
Have a great weekend,