The Bow Tucks Tote Project

I finally made time to make myself another purse using the Bow Tucks Tote pattern.  I have now made this purse four times.  Here is a link to the pattern just in case you still have not made this pattern.

http://www.quiltsillustrated.com/shop/Quiltsillustrated-Patterns/p/ps008-Bow-Tucks-Tote-Pattern-sku-ps008.htm

I love this purse because you can customize the pockets.  I have even changed the size of the purse in the past but this time I followed the pattern.  It is a great purse for travel because you can untie the bows on each end to expand the bag.

I usually cut out all the pieces one day, and put it together the next day.  Here are the fabrics I chose.  I made a cheat sheet showing which fabrics to use for each piece and labeled the pieces.

Auditioning fabrics

Auditioning fabrics

These fabrics (plus the black) are from “Hab-i-tat (a philosophy..a refuge…)” by Michele D’Amore for Benartex.  They’ve been in my stash a few years with the idea of making this tote.

Pieces cut out, labeled

Pieces cut out, labeled

Cheat Sheet

Cheat Sheet

Here are the inside pockets–you can customize the inside to fit your favorite items.  I made larger pockets on one side that will accommodate my Nook and either a hand project or that baggie of liquids you have to separate out when going through security at the airport.

Inside pockets

Inside pockets

Inside Pockets

Inside Pockets

This is not really a tutorial, just showing off.  Here is the finished bag.  I had beaded the button for it a couple years ago.  It is 2-1/2 inches across.

Finished bag

Finished bag

Button detail

Button detail

After boxing the corners, I always save these funky pieces, and zigzag them together for a coaster.  I have a hard time throwing out scraps, as you may have noticed.

Boxed corner leftovers

Boxed corner leftovers

Coaster

Coaster

Coaster

Coaster

So that’s it for today.  Next post, I’ll have a tutorial for my cosmetics bag and a tissue cover.  I always have to make coordinating accessories for my tote.  It’s just the way I roll.  Tomorrow I’ll be going to my last unpattern sweater class–I’m ready for my final fitting and will be eager to finish up!  Watch for my update.  Even though it’s officially out last class, we can always go back most Saturdays for help.  Mockingbird Moon is the best.

Have a Happy Easter.  By the way, I have not had anything with sugar – Coke, sweet tea or dessert — all year.  Until today.  I had a double shot (espresso) with this decadent chocolate cream pie at Eleven (Crystal Bridges’ restaurant).  I think I’ll be good on that score for another three months.  Every once in awhile, you just have to get it out of your system.  So don’t eat too many jelly beans or chocolate bunnies.  If you have a bunny, be sure to bite off the ears first.

About icandyet.com

Hi—I’m Candy P. I live in beautiful Northwest Arkansas and write this blog about quilting. I love the entire process of quilting from design to piecing and appliqué, to free-motion quilting on my Janome. I have been sewing since I was five and started quilting in 1991 with a group in NE Minnesota. We used cardboard templates and scissors and did everything by hand. I have since made traditional quilts, donation quilts and Quilts of Valor; I’ve done paper piecing and foundation quilting but now really enjoy improvisational piecing using scraps from my stash or my hand dyed fabrics and making art quilts. I am also currently trying to finish any and all unfinished projects. I am so far behind I can never die. I have always been a maker, a sewist and needleworker, running the gamut from hand embroidery to macramé, knitting, crocheting, crafts, book binding and mixed media projects. I have taught a lot of handicraft classes including fabric painting, origami, and calligraphy, Dancercise (who remembers that) and my own exercise classes. When I’m not in the garage dyeing fabric or in my studio, I’m at Zumba or walking on local trails and photographing art or whatever catches my eye. I currently belong to Crystal Bridges, AQS, The Quilt Show, NWA Modern Quilt Guild and the Van Go-Go Girls (a local art quilt group). I occasionally make it to the piano and the golf course and enjoy cooking with my husband and generally wreaking some kind of havoc with my daughter. You can read my previous blog at Kandykwilts.blogspot.com but you cannot read my blog as northwind at The Quilt Show, apparently lost forever. I write about my current projects, mistakes and all, and often tell you what products I use (with no compensation). I am open to suggestions about blog posts and will be happy to answer any questions you may have about my projects or posts. Comment or email me. Feedback is most welcome—just be kind.

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