how to make a computer tote bag from an old blazer refashion

DIY Computer Tote: A New Life for an Old Blazer + a Tutorial

Once upon a time, I decided to attend my first blogging conference.  The Haven conference is a DIY & home decor blogger’s conference held annually in Atlanta, so it seemed like the right fit for my first event.  

It seemed likely that I’d start to feel a little intimidated at some point as a result of sharing airspace with hundreds of other talented and accomplished ladies (and a few gents, too) and decided that having a piece with me that reminded me of my own talents would be like walking around carrying a little shield, preventing feelings of self-doubt to penetrate my brain.  I also knew I’d need a bag to tote around note-taking materials and conference goodies.

It only made sense that I kill two birds with one stone and (re)fashion myself a new bag to fit these needs. 
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Sweater Dress with Side Bow Refashion

 
wool side bow sweater dress refashion after photo

My aunt recently cleaned out her closet and sewing stash and gave me the equivalent of a few suitcases worth of beautiful clothes and fabrics.  Vintage clothing made of linen, wool, and silk, and yards upon yards of wool, velvet, and a few decorator fabrics.  This beautiful blue wool sweater dress demanded to be the first to receive a makeover.

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