Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sewing Summit Tote

I am super excited to share my latest project.  A quilt as you go tote bag for Sewing Summit that I adore.  I was inspired by this one by Sew Take A Hike a long time ago.  After a long long work week last week, I decided to dive right in and make one for myself.  This bag has many firsts.  First time doing quilt as you go, and I LOVE it.  So much fun.

 It was also my first time putting in a top zipper and a zipper pocket.  I am so glad I took the extra time to learn how to do these things, because the finished product is just what I want in a bag.  I have the Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam, and that book is awesome.  It walked me through installing both of these zippers with ease.  I highly recommend the book.

When making this bag, I decided to feature my blog logo, that I got a fatquarter printed at Spoonflower for $1 and the Melody Miller Typewriters.  Then, I just dove into my favorite fabrics.  I was a little nervous about taking bits and pieces from my precious collections and prints, but I figured I'd rather have them used in a bag than waiting forever to be used.

I incorporated so many things that I love, Tula Pink, Text fabric, Echino, Seed Catalog, Flea Market Fancy, Dots, Chevrons, Summersville, Kaffe.   

I decided to make the handles extra wide, since the primary function of this bag is to carry my laptop and work documents back and forth, and that stuff can get heavy.  I used another $1 Spoonflower FQ of the selvedge cheater print (that I had printed on linen canvas), and lined it with fusible fleece.  They are working out great with my heavy loads.

I am really happy with how it turned out.  I want to make lots more, it was so fun.  Sewing Summit here I come!


  1. It looks fantastic Lorelei! Love your mix of fabrics - you must have an awesome stash.

  2. It is perfect - congrats on the many firsts. A Sewing Summit tote is on my to do list still... I haven't used spoonflower yet and that's a great excuse.

  3. It looks great! I think you inspired me to work on a tote of my own (as if I need one, ha!). I hope you don't mind if I find you at Sewing Summit and admire it up close!


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