“She is like the merchant ships bringing her food from afar.” ~ Proverbs 31:14
In our convenient society, we don’t put a lot of thought into where our food is grown or how it is transported to us. We can just head to the nearest grocery store and find most anything we could want and certainly anything we need.
In light of our convenience, I still see application from this verse. We may have to visit more than one store to find what we are looking for, or more importantly, to make the wisest purchase. I was reminded of this just this morning when I went to a less-visited grocery store because of coupons I had which made it possible to purchase over $8 in groceries for only eighty cents! It is one of the generous ways God provides for us!
Do I shop around and know how to spend my money wisely? When I spend a little less am I getting poor quality? Is there something my husband or children enjoy that I could make a special trip to get which would be a blessing to them? Is it wiser, in some cases, to spend a little more for something that is better for us or better quality?
These are the kinds of questions a virtuous woman considers to make wise choices for her family. In this project, we will create a tote bag, which could be used to carry items from “afar” to our homes. But, more importantly, we will ponder what God is saying to each of us for our family and how we can creatively provide nourishment to them. May His Word be a consistent reminder to us of His standards for us as His women.
Fabric: 2 pieces measuring 3 inches wide and 30 inches long (handles)
2 pieces measuring 13 inches wide and 16 inches high (for bag)
1 piece measuring 5 ½ inches wide and 8 ½ inches high (for iron on transfer)
Iron-on Transfer and printer to download artwork
* Wash and dry fabric before cutting pieces.
* Cut fabric into pieces as described in supplies section.
* Iron all pieces of fabric.
* Follow package directions for ironing the artwork onto the 5 ½ x 8 ½ inch piece of fabric. I used the reverse side of the fabric so it would show up clearly.* Now that the transfer is complete, pin it onto one piece of the fabric measuring 13 x 16 inches. Using a short zigzag (appliqué) stitch, stitch all the way around the fabric edge. Stitch around the entire edge a second time. Trim threads.
* Fold over the top edge (about 1/8 inch) of one piece of fabric measuring 13 x 16 inches and press. Fold again and press. Stitch along this edge to seal the raw edge. Repeat for both pieces.
* Lay both pieces of 13 x 16 inch fabric with wrong sides together. Cut a notch in each lower corner. The notch should be 2 inches high and 1 inch across from the edge.
* Pin fabric, wrong sides together, and stitch the two side seams and bottom seam leaving the notches as is for now.
* Bring the bottom seam up to the corner of the notch, lay flat and stitch. I like to go back and forth a few times to reinforce the seam. Repeat for other notch. Trim excess fabric.
* Fold each long side of the handle pieces about 1/8 inch and press. Now fold handle piece in half lengthwise and press. Stitch pressed edges. Repeat for both pieces.
* Attach the handles to the bag by folding the raw edges twice and stitching onto the bag (folding twice will hide the raw edge) as desired.
Note: I sort of fumbled my way through writing these directions, so if any of you are brave enough to try - please do let me know how I could improve the instructions. As always, I would love to see your finished projects!
Of course, you all know who came to my mind while making this! I've already made and sent her a tote!