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TRANSFORMATIONS: FROM PIECES TO FINISHED TOTE

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Mom's jeans and dress with her tea towels becomes totes for her two daughters.

The Before...
The Before...

Mom's Irish made cape bought in Manhattan, NY.

Tote and Case
Tote and Case

A greek design on the outside of the tote.

A special bottom...
A special bottom...

with celtic buttons as feet to protect this treasure.

The Before...
The Before...

Jeans, dress, and tea towels.

Inside...
Inside...

Tea towels make pockets.

Totes for Two Sisters
Totes for Two Sisters
Before: never comfortable clothes
Before: never comfortable clothes

and worn out sneakers.

Inside
Inside

Pockets with tassels, and sneaker tongues on the bottom.

Zumba tote
Zumba tote

The final tote.

Icelandic sweater...
Icelandic sweater...

handmade by Mom.

The back of the inside...
The back of the inside...

with buttons from Mom's collection, along with her nursing pin.

The final tote...
The final tote...

to carry an iPad.

Before...
Before...

a Misty Harbor raincoat.

Buttons...
Buttons...

to protect the bottom.

Complete...
Complete...

with an umbrella holder.

Pants...
Pants...

worn by Oprah.

Inside...
Inside...

one leg.

Complete...
Complete...

with the tag authenticating.

Up close...
Up close...

to a suit from the 70's.

Inside...
Inside...

this weekender tote.

The end result...
The end result...

includes a holder for the local newspaper.

From Oprah's store...
From Oprah's store...

a laundry bag.

Inside...
Inside...

one of the two totes.

Two totes...
Two totes...

from one laundry duffle.

Before...
Before...

Dad's Nantucket red pants and ties; Mom's jacket and scarf.

Inside...
Inside...

the scarf on the bottom.

Complete...
Complete...

to carry a traveling office.

Pieces...
Pieces...

from a vacation to Liverpool and Dublin.

Inside...
Inside...

a pub apron makes great pockets.

A carrier...
A carrier...

for future trips.

These clothes were never comfortable but now they make a great tote. Check out the sneaker tongues in the bottom.

Mom's hand knitted Icelandic sweater, with buttons from her collection, and her nursing pin.

A Misty Harbor raincoat, with an umbrella carrier and buttons on the bottom to protect it from the wear and tear of use.

 

Yes, these really were Oprah's pants.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This woman's suit from the 70's made a nice weekender for this couple.

One laundy bag purchased from Oprah's Chicago store made two totes.

Trip souvenirs... Dublin pin and earrings (zipper pull); apron and Irish knit sweater; and a dress from a Liverpool charity shop.

 
 

Dad's Nantucket red pants, his tie from Bingo volunteering, and Mom's scarf came together to create this tote. 

 

Made in Ireland, bought in Manhattan, a mother's cape travels the world

with her daughter.