Monday, July 16, 2012

patchwork tote

Yay! I managed to finish my new patchwork tote over the weekend.


I started off by making patchwork rectangles, sort of following Chase's tutorial. I'm saying sort of following because I did not quilt as I went.


I decided to make the whole patchwork rectangle made up of smaller blocks and then I just quilted the whole piece at once -  so much faster.


Here's the other side of my tote. I have to admit, I was very, very tempted to have the front of the bag all patchworky and to use regular fabric for the back. I am so glad, however, that I persevered and made the whole bag out of patchwork.


I used home dec weight fabric to line the bag. I installed a zipper pocket, it's always a must with my bags, and this time I even remembered to add a loop of ribbon for my sunglasses as well as a latch for my keys. Phew, I always forget to add these.


I had so much fun with this tote, I even added this totally adorable birdie ribbon to the outside of the bag. It adds such a wonderful touch of whimsy and playfulness.

The tote finished at 16" x 12" x 3", perfect size to carry around some of my WIPs and a quilty book or two. Oh, I know, my interests are so limited. My children always tease me about that.

Have a wonderful day. Svetlana

23 comments:

  1. Svetlana this tote is wonderful.
    what an excellent job.

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  2. I love everything about this bag-- the size, the patchwork, and especially the zipper pocket!! It's awesome!

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  3. It looks great, and love the fabric you chose for the handles too

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  4. Here, here, I agree with the previous comments. I love everything about this tote. The all over patchwork (good for you to keep it totally patchy :) :) And the striped lining, love that, and the happy surprise lining in the zipper pocket, love that. And the sunglasses loop, genius, I've never heard of that -- and the birdy. You are just a little sewing genius and an inspiration. Thanks!

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  5. Gorgeous, and I love that little side ribbon tag. So cute!

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  6. I love your patchwork Svetlana!! You have such great style!!

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  7. This is so cute!! Love the things you added inside.

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  8. Looks great! I've been tempted to just do one plain side before too but then am always happy that I finish both sides with patchwork.

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  9. That little peek of FMF is adorable. Way to persevere on the back. It's great!

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  10. this is so great and perfect for carrying so many different things. you did a beautiful job.

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  11. Whimsical is the word...I just LOVE this bag!

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  12. Really cute! Love the patchwork and all your special details!

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  13. Such a lovely bag Svetlana!

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  14. wonderful! So cheerful! I started adding loops and possibilities to attach something to my bags, too, because I'm always searching for my keys...

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  15. This is so wonderful! The size is perfect for your projects. I love all the prints you used here. I also agreed added zippered inner pocket is a must! My bag is always full with things.

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  16. great bag! i love the stripey lining.

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  17. This is an awesome bag! I must make one for myself :)

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  18. Very cute bag. I love the contrast that the lining fabric gives to the bag. And the zipper pocket is very useful.

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  19. Oh my gosh, I LOVE it! I so want to make a bag like that. It's fabulous inside too. So many smart details!

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  20. Such a cute bag! I love the lining and then the pop of yellow inside the pocket too - great choices!

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  21. O i love this bag! You r talented and i love your blog!

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