Making this tote bag has quite simply filled me with admiration for the sewers on the Great British Sewing Bee. How they make anything in the time allowed is amazing. It takes me three hours just to get my head around a pattern and the instructions…
I fell in love with these fabrics when I stumbled across this website at African fabrics
So when Mr E asked me what I wanted for Christmas I pointed him in their direction and a BIG HINT that I would like to make a bag.
So I was very happy to receive this
unpack it a bit more to reveal
some gorgeous glass buttons. The instructions were adequate, but as a bit of a novice I needed a bit of thinking time. You have to wash the fabrics before you begin, which proved to be highly necessary as the indigo fabric was very stiff before washing, but frayed quite a bit in the machine. There was sufficient fabric but not an over generous amount.
By February I was finally underway.
And this week I got my TAHDAH moment
The bag is reversible and indeed mine would be but that would have meant that the strap was just tied in place through a button hole which didn’t seem very secure to me. So after I had used the pretty buttons on the flap
I used one to secure the handle
What I hadn’t realized when I started was that the pattern fabric side is also quilted. I have never machine quilted so opted to hand quilt- proved ideal when watching said sewing bee.
Final touch is a matching purse
Thoroughly enjoyed making the bag and would recommend the kit.
Joining with Handmade Harbour to day. Do check out the other lovely makes there.