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My Sister’s Makers Tote

2016 August 8

It’s SUMMER! It’s been fun and busy over here – with things happening every weekend – as you can tell from the infrequent posting going on over here! After visiting Chicago, Minneapolis and Green Bay on a two week vacation and recovering from the craziness of Thanks to YOU Week and two trunk shows at Quilts at the Creek, I’ve been cottaging in Killarney, Ontario without cell service and then planning my youngest’s 6th birthday party – cat themed! Whew! I’m hoping to get better at quick, fun photo-based posts so I can share them all with you.

With all of this going on, I haven’t sewn anything significant in 5 weeks. I’m going a bit crazy over here and need to get my fix in! It doesn’t help that my sewing room is a mess – which is not really conducive to making anything. Since we don’t have any major plans before school starts in September, I’m hoping to blog about past projects and get on with making some new ones so I can share them with you in the fall. I’ve got some photos from a few years ago to share!

Today’s project is one of my favorite things – and I got to give it to my sister earlier this year for her birthday! I posted progress photos of the project on Instagram in black and white, so she hopefully couldn’t tell what I was making. It’s a fun series of photos to go through!

This Makers Tote is a pattern from Noodlehead, one of my favorite bloggers and bag designers – I love her simplicity. Nothing is over-complicated, the projects have clean lines and are super-useful – my favorite! The linen is my current favorite fabric crush, Mochi Dot from Moda, gorgeous!

This is also the first time I used by Annie’s Soft and Stable and I love the easy structure it gives the bag. I used it again in these cute purses for my kids and they stand up to wear so well. They keep their super-crisp shape no matter how much they get tossed around. And it’s great for creating a nice quilted look. The only thing I’m not crazy about is that it’s on the pricey side. In the long run, though, it is really worth it, since it does create a more professional looking project. (I’ve ended up with some Pellon Flex Foam and Bosal In-R-Form through different recent sales and I’m interested in comparing pricing and how the final product looks.)

The Makers Tote comes in two sizes, and I made the smaller version. I’d love to make the large one sometime as well. My friend Lisa (Lisa In Port Hope) made one and brought it to one of our sewing night and it’s a really nice size – perfect for carting larger projects around. I can also see my kids using it as a small overnight bag, complete with pockets for toiletries!

This bag, despite taking me a long time to sew in small time allotments, is really simple to make. It’s very straight forward, and if you have a bit of experience quilting, you can add that in as well. The only tricky bit is sewing the binding around the bottom curves. My Janome Skyline S5 (on loan at the time) handled it beautifully! I even surprised myself and hand-stitched the binding! Not so bad as I assumed, and very satisfying. We might eventually make a hand-quilter out of me – just hang on until my kids get a bit bigger first!

The only thing I changed from the original pattern, was to sew the free end of the zipper to the outside panel – since the one I used was too long, and I didn’t want to shorten it. If you do this, make a pretty cover for the end of the zip and be sure to leave enough room for it to open all the way. I really like how it looks – a bit cleaner without the end of the zipper hanging off the edge – but it was tricky to do, since it has to be sewn after the bag is fully finished. Maybe would be simpler with a properly sized zipper next time.

As usual, with any Noodlehead pattern, I’d wholeheartedly recommend this one as well. And have you seen her cute new free basket pattern? I’m going work that into my organizing plan somewhere soon!

Is your summer busy? What are you working on right now?

Pattern: Noodlehead Makers Tote Green Fabric & Stabilizer: Linen Mochi Dot, Horizon Flora by Kate Spain for Moda, by Annie’s Soft & Stable (from my sponsor, Mad about Patchwork) Orange Fabric: Marmalade by Bonnie & Camille for Moda (from my stash)

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. Joan M permalink
    August 8, 2016

    Beautiful gift for your sister! I’ve had my eye on this pattern for awhile and I’d like to make one. Great idea to sew the end of the zipper to the panel. Thanks for sharing.

    • August 8, 2016

      I’m so glad you like it Joan! Thanks so much :) It’s a really useful bag too – you’d love it!

  2. August 8, 2016

    This bag is so cute. Great gift for your sister! I’ve been busy sewing shirts and shorts for my son and stuff for my youngest daughter. I even had time for some selfish sewing! I only didn’t have the time to blog about everything yet ;)

    • August 8, 2016

      Hooray Mirjam! I’ve been following you along on Bloglovin’ – super cute clothes for the kids :) I’d love to see what you have made for yourself!

  3. Ann ( no e) permalink
    August 8, 2016

    Hi Sherri,
    So glad that your summer is full of fun ;) I love this bag! I have never made one so this may be the one to make. Love the fabric colours. Your stitches make for a very professional quality product.
    I am finishing up 4 quilts then onto some dresses for my wee grands. I want to learn to work with knits so that I can sew some cosy cowl neck tops for winter. A course or two is in my future.
    Love your blog, fun to see that two of your sponsors are merging to open a bricks & mortar store in Toronto.
    Enjoy August, take care.

    • August 9, 2016

      Hi Ann! It’s always so good to hear from you! Wow – 4 quilts, and dresses – nice! You will love sewing knits – it’s so worth taking the time to sort it out. I’m so happy for Fabric Spark and Country Clothesline – super exciting to hear about their shop!

  4. August 16, 2016

    Great job Sherri! I recently made this one for the first time too and I don’t know why I waited so long! Foam is great, isn’t it?!

    • August 19, 2016

      Wow! Yes – foam is AMAZING! Thanks so much for your post on them. It is really good and helpful! I will be refering to it more for sure :)

  5. August 24, 2016

    I’m so glad you enjoyed making it! And thank you for such kind words. :) Always love seeing your beautiful work. :)

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