Tote was in the bag

Tote was in the bag
Nanjing Night Net

Madison Hartill-Law (inset), 18, of Blaxland, is having her HSC textile project, a tote bag, exhibited at textile shows in Canberra and Newcastle this month. Madison completed the bag for her textile and design course at St Marys Senior High School last year. The bag, sewn from recycled denim and other fabric, was selected for exhibition at the Canberra Craft & Quilt Fair and the Newcastle Craft and Sewing Show.

“I wanted to bring two different types of bag — an overnight bag and a clutch purse — together,” she said. “There’s a magnetic clasp and secret pockets. The zips look like fabric. It can also open flat, like a book.”

Madison said it took more than a sewing machine to put it together.

Her project lasted nine months and she had to calculate costs and manufacturing plans, including the product’s chemistry.

“There’s more to it than most people think,” Madison said.

She hopes to study medical science at the University of Sydney.

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