Friday, December 16, 2016

sew it goes tote

Welcome to finish it up Friday!

I've been working on this project for the past few weeks, but due to the need for a finish today, I worked extra hard to get it done. I'm so glad that I did! This is called the Sew It Goes Tote, and it's a pattern designed by my very talented friend Kristin. Isn't it sooo cute???
The tote was designed for traveling with a hand work project. I love that it has a ton of compartments for all the little things that you need when you are hand stitching. I was a little intimidated by this project (4 zipper compartments alone...plus vinyl), but I took it step by step and worked slowly. It came together very well! It really wasn't that hard...just a little time consuming. :) My friend Mary also made the project and she recommended cutting out all the pieces first. That goes against all my inclinations (what if I change my mind on a fabric?) but that was great advice.
Turns out I'm very happy with my fabric choices! There are great diagrams in the pattern that show where each piece belongs, so that made selecting the fabrics much easier.
When I wasn't sure what fabric to use, I chose Essex Linen in Flax. I love linen paired with all of the printed fabrics.
I chose the aqua accents, because those were the zippers I had on hand. Plus, aqua and red is a combination that is hard to beat!
One of my favorite parts is a mini design board (definitely squeal-worthy!)....
...that fits in the back pocket. So fun!
I love, love, LOVE how it turned out! I also don't mind one bit that my version looks like a present! The tote measures about 10" x 10". The pattern is available for purchase here.
 
I think I need to start a new hand work project....soon!

How about you? Do you have a finish to share? If so, please link up. Thank you, as always, for joining me for finish it up Friday!

33 comments:

Bernie Kringel said...

The level of detail in this bag is tremendous. Great finish for you Amanda.
(I often choose fabric by the color of the zippers available! I have a huge bag of zippers and some of them are odd choices so it is a game with me to find a combo that works.)

Cut&Alter said...

Wow that little tote is great. Lovely pattern and I love how you have made yours.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

cute little bag!

Sarah @ Berry Barn Designs said...

Wow, what a cute bag pattern! I love the colors you chose, Amanda. I feel like I know five people who would all love this... going to add it to my 2017 holiday sewing list ; )

quiltytherapy said...

Wow! Great finish. The details are impressive. You picked great colors.

Sue @ Quilting the Green Star said...

Oh noooo, now I want one too and must add it to the huge list of projects to make! Thank you so much for sharing this and providing the link up every week too, it is such a lovely end to Friday afternoons.

Heidi Grohs said...

That is awesome!!!! B

the momma said...

That is super cute!! Love it

Denise - Jewelry By Denise said...

So cute!! I needle tat and this would be perfect for traveling!!! Thanks!!

Denise Russell said...

Ohhh... love this tote!!!

La tassa torta said...

This tote looks amazing and really useful! I love your fabric choices!

Danette Stankovich said...

This is very unique and I added it to my future to-sew list. Yours turned out lovely!

Raewyn said...

Oh I love this wee tote - thank you for the link!

elizabethdee said...

Great little tote and I love how you made it. like everyone else I love your fabrics but it's time to admire your hardware too! Your hardware gives it a very professional look. I hope you love using it.

Susan said...

Wow! That is a super nice tote - very professional looking!

Angie in SoCal said...

a super useful and detailed tote. Congratulations.

The Cozy Quilter said...

I could have used a bag like this when sewing on a train recently. Great bag!

Live a Colorful Life said...

The mini design board is genius!

Angela Atkins said...

Very cute and looks great!

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

That's an awesome bag. I'm heading over to look at the pattern.

Clair said...

It is cute...and in just the right colors. Good job.

Mari said...

What a lovely little bag! It would make a great busy bag for kids to take in the car too. They usually love all those little pockets. Merry Christmas!

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Aww man! Another must-do project! And so cute (and well-made to boot). Thanks for the link, that makes it much easier to find the pattern.

Sabrina said...

aww, what a cute project! And so useful.
Have a great weekend!
Sabrina

Nancy Bekedam said...

Your tote is the bomb!!!!

KaHolly said...

This is an awesome bag! What an ingenious pattern. I clicked over to her site and she has lots more!

Little Quiltsong said...

Oh Wow - Love this! What a great little tote to put all the necessities in to travel with your next project. Your tote is so pretty with that fabric!

mangozz said...

I really love your little bag! I've always wanted to make something in red and aqua. I think I need to do it now for sure! I can't find the link ups at all though. Are you having problems with that feature? I always look forward to it.

JoAnne in southern California said...

Your tote is so cute and what a great pattern. I almost wish I did more hand sewing than the odd button here and there. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Thank you for such a wonderful year of your beautiful creations.

LJ said...

Adorable. What a great pattern.

Sandal said...

This is adorable! I do wish you had a Pinterest button on your posts! So many great projects that I want to refer to again but there is no good way to save them. Hope you will consider adding this feature to your amazing blog!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Sew It Goes Tote is fabulous from start to finish! Nice work.

Kate said...

Very cute as well as practical. Love your color combination.