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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.