Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Brigitte's Flower Tote....

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
  First I was going attach a button to the middle of the flower but then I remembered I had these brass Handmade signs...figured it was a perfect time to use one!
What attracted me to this pattern were the cool handles...I found them pretty & different ! But I am sure it wouldn't be hard to adjust the pattern if you wanted "normal" handles !
Another thing that I liked, was how the interior was made up from a few different fabrics... 
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* 
Happy Sewing!,

P.S: I also think this tote would look great in different fabrics...pretty bright cotton by Alison Glass, or a soft silk or all in faux leather ...or with a machine embroider design on the front...or in denim!

*** I'm linking up with creadienstag & TT - Taschenunf Taeschschen

  • I used faux suedes for the exterior top & suede of rate exterior bottom 
  • cotton fabrics for the lining
  • 3mm headliner for the batting


  1. Great Bag! Yes, I also find her patterns and designs very unique. Those suede are beautiful.

  2. Beautiful Bag and great sew ideas. Thanks.

  3. Gorgeous bag! I like the different handles too.

  4. Love your faux suede version. Your workmanship, as always, is wondefful. Enjoyed your blig. I am about 3 bags behind on my blog. Still need to get this pattern!

  5. Love your faux suede version. Your workmanship, as always, is wondefful. Enjoyed your blig. I am about 3 bags behind on my blog. Still need to get this pattern!

  6. Another gorgeous bag! Great way to photograph the insides, and to stitch the flower. Good to know the instructions are good, I've struggled with some rubbish instructions!

  7. Another beautiful bag, Liz. Sorry I missed this one and the next one. Love the flower stitched on the bag.

  8. Hi Liz,
    you are so busy and clever in sewing Bags, this one is another pretty bag you created!
    Happy sewing week,
    Claudia xo

  9. Hi Liz,
    you've made a lovely bag and you stitched the flower with inventiveness.
    I like the special handle of this bag.



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