Friday, 16 September 2016

neon clouds drawstring tote bag


I do like a bit of selfish sewing but it's taken me over a year to finally get round to making myself this awesome tote bag. It took hardly any time to sew, I am in love with it!


I have made this pattern before, which is how I knew I wanted to make one for myself. It is the Drawstring Tote Bag pattern by Svetlana @ Sotak Handmade. It's a really fun sew and there's so many ways to make it your own, I would like to do a patchwork version at some point. 


I added a pocket on the inside, my first time doing that! I knew I would want one if I'm going to be using the bag a lot. 

I also used the same waterproof fabric as my Geeky Flying Geese Bag but this time put it in between the outside and the lining just so my stuff stays dry.


An added advantage is that it's made the bag sturdier and possibly stronger too.

After contemplating using some ribbon for the ties I ultimately decided just to make my own fabric ones, I had enough left over from the lining. I like that it has text on it and I do love Doris Day!


The thickness of the layers meant that top stitching on my basic machine was difficult so instead I added a row of hand stitching in Aurifil 12 wt #2785 and I think it works well. 


Fabrics used: Neon Clouds in orange and navy by HokkohScattered in neutral, Mochi Canvas by Rashida Coleman-Hale bought from The Village Haberdashery last year and Book Panel in Pastel, First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for the lining and ties.



☑ This can be ticked off my fal list


linking up:
at chezzetcook this week
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts


18 comments:

  1. love it Lucy! Gorgeous work as always. so cool!

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  2. A great bag and I prefer the fabric drawstrings rather than the ribbon . I sometimes think the ribbon strings are a little twee , the fabric is sturdier looking

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  3. Oooh what a fun bag! That fabric is really neat, I've never seen it before.

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  4. What a great bag! I love the fabric choices and the hand quilting is such a great addition!

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  5. That is such a fun bag Lucy! Love it! :-)

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  6. This is a great tote! I bet you'll love that extra interfacing!

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  7. Perfect fabric choice and I like that hand stitching addition :)

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  8. Great job ! I love your fabric choice :-)

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  9. Yay how fun to have a cute bag to carry around! That fabric just sings, "I've got sunshine, on a cloudy day..."

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  10. Such a great bag, love the fabric! And it looks like it will hold everything! My daughter has been seaching for a tote pattern, thanx for the link.

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  11. What a pretty bag♥ It has me drooling now!

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  12. Loving all the details on this project and that fabric...yum! Thanks for linking up

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  13. This is one off my favorite tote bag patterns-it is my go to for gifting, as well as the one I seem to grab out of my many to haul stuff around! I love your choice of fabrics and the hand-stitched detail. I want to make another now(I just made one last week for my aunt)-just so I can do a little hand stitching on one:) Also, I just purchased a copy of love patchwork & quilting last night-very cute piece you have in there on the Trenton block! Happy sewing!!

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    1. Thank you so much Kristen! I agree it is a fabulous pattern and it's amazing how much stuff you can it in it! I really love hand sewing so I greatly appreciate your kind comment xxx

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  14. It's still wonderful ;o) Congratulations on your finish, and thank you, on behalf of the 2016 global FAL hosts, for taking part!

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