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Anna Maria Horner Taxi Tote Bags and Book

skim through the directions.  One of my worst habits, which has lead to hours of practice with the hem ripper! :)

What do you think of the fabric selections?

The first tote fabric was bought from hobby lobby in Iowa back in August. 


After being bitten by the sewing bug again, I’m off to the fabric store for new amazing material tomorrow. Hopefully I can find some great deals at this time of year. I'm hoping to complete three more of these before the weekend. I'm not sure how this blog post will look, it's my first on SWN. {Editor's note:  It looks fabulous Renata!} 


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Comment by Sue Smith on January 2, 2012 at 10:49am

Love the purses and the fabrics. I have your skimming problem, too, and am very familiar with my seam ripper.

Comment by Susan Ferriola on January 1, 2012 at 12:05pm

Thank you for the info on Picnik! Must say I love the free aspect too!  Happy New year!

Comment by Renata on January 1, 2012 at 10:27am

Hi- I used picnik to edit the photo. It's like the editor said, free free free. If I have more time I play with photoshop, but for these pic, I used picnik. We are still celebrating Christmas here, but I'll have a little time to respond to the rest of the question. Happy New Year everyone, have a wonderful 2012 full of sewing :)

Comment by Susan on January 1, 2012 at 8:31am

I know you can create "polaroid" looking photo enhancements with text as Renata did using and it is free.

Comment by BobbieSue on January 1, 2012 at 8:20am

Renata - anxious to hear you answer to Susan Ferriola question about your name added to the photos.  My favorites are the middle two bags.

Comment by Renata on December 30, 2011 at 5:15pm

Thank you all for the awesome comments. I'm heading back to work, but will respond to your comments upon my return. Thanks Renata :)

Comment by glenda m on December 30, 2011 at 4:56pm

wow i am so envious these bags are freakin awesome

lucky ladies

Comment by jbsews on December 30, 2011 at 4:50pm

Yes, it does!   Thank you for taking the time to make these up and post.  Was it an easy to follow pattern/book?

Comment by Michelle Rice on December 30, 2011 at 4:24pm

oh, they are all cute. I like the third one, love the print.

Comment by April @ KoolBeenz on December 30, 2011 at 4:06pm

These bags look awesome!  Are these meant only to be a tote or they can be a purse as well?  What are the dimensions of the bag?  Also, what other patterns are in the book?  I think the readers would like to know, I know I do.

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