Navigational Chart Tote

June 10th, 2009 in member junk     
TinTinJunkFan TinTinJunkFan, member
4 users recommend

Worldwide navigational charts just waiting for a creative endeavor.
I cut up two charts and overlaid them with clear plastic purchased from the fabric store.  I used about a yard and a half of webbing and scrap canvas for the lining.  Sewed everything on my humble sewing machine using a heavy-duty needle.  I thought of adding the grommets later (I have a simple grommet kit) to complete the nautical look. 
I used the LLBean totebag for my pattern...
Worldwide navigational charts just waiting for a creative endeavor.

Worldwide navigational charts just waiting for a creative endeavor.

My son the merchant mariner brought home all his navigational charts (which the ship's crew junks after sailing is completed) from his six months at sea.  He knew that his mother would find something to do with them, aside from framing a few and hanging them as is!  He even suggesting using them as wallpaper....    I finally decided to turn a few of them into a totebag--  It didn't occur to me to photograph it in construction stages but it was very simple to put together,  just follow any basic totebag pattern.  Because it's not much more than a modified paperbag with handles, I don't really use it to tote anything heavy but instead keep it in the family room to hold magazines.   Still have quite a few charts so any ideas for more projects are welcome!

Pattern or design used: My own design
posted in: member junk, artwork, eclectic, funky, fun, family room, frame, porch, chic, fabric, study, office, historical, tote, beachy, paper, map, chart

Comments (10)

suelovesjunk writes: what a good son! Posted: 2:27 pm on March 15th
junkermidge writes: Love, love, love this!
Midge Posted: 9:57 pm on June 13th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: Wow! This is a fabulous idea! The grommets add just the right touch.

I really like Sue's idea about the vintage trays too.
Candy Posted: 7:19 am on June 12th
monakent writes: SUPER idea!!! THis project turned out great. gailmarie Posted: 10:39 am on June 11th
alicemom writes: You could laminate the maps then make a tote to carry around! How fabulous for you. A "to be" family heirloom.
smile, alice Posted: 9:25 am on June 11th
suewhitney writes: So cool. I would love to carry this around. Now for another idea. You're going to think I am crazy, but I am a big fan of the vintage TV tray. I'm hoping for a big comeback in popularity and thinking of ideas to make it so. I'm not sure how big your maps are, but they might be great decoupaged on the top of the trays. The rest of the structure could be given a more contemporary feel with a crisp white coat of paint or the blue in the maps would be fabulous as well. After painting the trays, lay the maps on the top and decoupage, and then edge the maps with heavy duty twine or narrow, but well worn and sturdy rope. Just my 2 cents. Nice job!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 8:13 am on June 11th
fellowjunker writes: Wow..........great job!!!
xojanis Posted: 11:03 pm on June 10th
roadtriplouise writes: Great tote! Posted: 10:41 pm on June 10th
writes: This is genius. Nice work!

JennyK Posted: 8:37 pm on June 10th
oldnews writes: Very original, I love the tote bag idea! Especially if they came from your son! Marie Posted: 5:45 pm on June 10th
You must be logged in to post comments. Click here to login.