The Totes Ma Tote Bag Pattern7/03/2014 10:06:00 AM
The Totes Ma Tote bag pattern has taken a loooooong time to arrive. Almost 1 year, in fact. I carried my first prototype for this back in September of last year! What happened? Life, bag hardware, hockey games... The Bag of the Month Club. All kinds of things happened, but I'm happy to say that it is HERE and I can't wait to show it to you.
This is a fantastic bag to show off large prints or even get creative with patchwork. As one of my testers said, "It's like a blank canvas." And it ready for you!
I won't waste a lot of time with chit chat, because I really want to show you the pattern tester's gorgeous bags. Wow they make me look so good!! These bags are gorgeous.
The details in a nut shell:
- Zipper opening
- Straps with buckles, attached through grommets
- 3 internal pockets, including a zipper pocket and LARGE pocket
- Purse feet
- Sturdy bag that stands up on it's own
- You will love this bag!
Here are a few that I have made:
Amy S. from Stitched by Starlight, made this grey lovely. Wow! She made hers in some very striking quilting cottons, and says: "I thought your pattern was great! Very well laid out, clear instructions and the bag is Fabulous!!!"
Catherine J from Crimson Cuttlefish used a combination of linens, cottons, and red vinyl for her tote, and the addition of those bird buttons create such a gorgeous, professional bag. I love it! She used bra padding fabric to keep her sides nice and stiff. Great alternative!
This pretty bag is from Cyndi F from The Nosy Pepper. She used quilting cottons throughout her bag, interfaced with Shapeflex and Soft & Stable. Read the blog post and see more pictures HERE! Cyndi says: "I am not exaggerating when I say that I think the exterior of the bag came together more professionally than any bag I've ever done. It was absolutely spot on with the measurements and instructions, yay! It made it a little nerve wracking putting the grommets in because I was so afraid of messing it up lol, but it was a breeze :)" Thank you, Cyndi!
I was so hoping that someone would try this in patchwork, and Daryl from Patchouli Moon Studio did. She used all quilting cottons for the exterior of her bag, and since she didn't have grommets for the straps - worked her own magic and created this ideal strap attachment. Love it! Read all about her bag on her blog post HERE.
Lisa Z of Odd Perfection makes the most gorgeous items for sale and this is no exception. I love this large flower feature. So striking! She used: "home décor for the exterior fabric, outdoor fabric for the facing and zipper gusset and quilting cotton for the lining. The tote bottom is faux leather. I used Pellon ShapeFlex SF 101 fusible interfacing for the exterior, lining, pockets and straps and then the amazing Soft and Stable for the main exterior fabric."
Maria from Mia's Creations always makes the most professional looking bags and this one is just perfect! She created her own striped pattern out of home decor fabrics and incorporated her own method of strap attachment as the grommets were not available to her, giving the tote a very modern and trendy look. Love it! See MORE gorgeous photos HERE.
This floral beauty is Wendy's, of WD Handbags. I love the use of one of the "Handcrafted - Made in Canada" labels that I designed. This is just what I had in mind for these. I get all gushy when I see it. Seriously, the bag is gorgeous though!
Owls!!! Lovely adorable owls adorn Norma's bag. She creates lovely work over at Norma's Bag Boutique. I LOVE the side trim she put on her bag, it's perfect! She says, "This Tote is quite spacious and the internal pockets help a lot with organization. That large pocket with tab will fit all kinds of electronic gadgets, like my tablet. The hardware, even when I didn't used the ones recommended, create a professional and sophisticated bag, great for those executives, or office women. As you can see in the pictures I used leather straps and grommets. I just love the combination of canvas fabric and leather handles." See the rest of her photos on her blog post HERE!!
This is so summery and cute! This is Nerissa's, from Nissamade, she always tries something new and pushes boundaries. She used some vinyl for her straps and attached them with rivets. It turned out gorgeous. And you can read all about her straps, rivets, and more, and see more pictures HERE.
Okay, this is to die for. Natalie, from Carry Hers By Natalie, used a combination of orange vinyl and quilting cotton called "Zombie Facts" by Riley blake. It turned out super cute! You can see more pictures and read all about it on her blog HERE.