Since I just can't send all my days helping the economy ...I have to actually use some of the fabrics I buy........I figured this was the perfect time to use a couple of the suedes I bought last week
to make "Brigitte's Flower Tote" ...another lovely design by Delinda Boutique
Since I find it difficult to photograph the inside of a bag ( without it looking like a "hole" ...I have turned the bag inside out to show you the lining...isn't this cool ?? I really like it !
For the slip pocket I used a scrap from the suede...My hubby though it was wasteful but I figured the inside of my bag should be just as pretty as the outside ( besides that little piece would of just end up in the "scraps basket")...
The pretty flower design on the front is also included in the pattern.
I have been asked a few times how I did it ? In the pattern it tells you to trace the design onto the fabric with chalk...but since I was feeling lazy (couldn't find my chalk) ...I pinned it to my fabric & free-form stitched around / thorough the pattern ....
Ripped the pattern off ( gently as not to pull any stitches out )
I have to say I found the pattern surprisingly fast & easy to sew.
The pattern explains every step in detail ( a lot I can skip over, like how to put in a magnet) but Maria of Delinda Boutique wants her patterns to be so detailed written that even a beginner could understand them ...with all those pictures...anyone can !
The only negative thing I can say about the pattern is that at this time the pattern does not include the seam allowance. For a lot of europeans this is not a problem...you are use to adding a seam allowance to your patterns but I am lazy & like to have them included. Maria hopes to update this pattern in the future to include the seam allowance so if you buy it now via Craftsy...when there is an update, you will be get it automatically.
If your like me and can't wait to make the bag...adding a 1/4" seam allowance is really easy...print out the pattern ....tape the joining seams together ...before you cut out around the outer edge....( sorry I had already cut out my pattern when I thought about taking a picture.)
Tape two normal pencils together....the space between the leads will give you a 1/4" space ...with one pencil lead on the actual pattern line...draw along it, this causes the other pencil to add the seam allowance ...easy!!
If you would like to make your own Brigitte's Flower tote...you can find the pattern *here*
- I used faux suedes for the exterior top & suede of rate exterior bottom
- cotton fabrics for the lining
- 3mm headliner for the batting