Saturday, November 23, 2019

๐Ÿ‘œ The Essential Tote ๐Ÿ‘œ Number 4 ㆕

Wendy of Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life, and I had a sewing day together and we each made The Essential Tote! I'm making the blue & white handbag for my Mom for Christmas. Wendy is making the sunny yellow version as a tote. She is going to add leather handles. Here's where we were at by mid-afternoon:

I finished later that evening--my finished handbag, surrounded by a few of my Dad's woodcarvings:

Here's a peek at the zipper and the inside pockets:

Here are my Essential Totes, numbers 1, 2, and 3:  

And number 4:

Bag Info:
Pattern: The Essential Tote, by Around the Bobbin
Fabric: Canvas from Hobby Lobby--they have a great selection! "Pleather" from SR Harris, our local fabric warehouse.
Interfacing: Soft & Stable, and Shape-Flex woven fusible interfacing
Quilting: Feather Frond
Thread: Glide--White

This is a great pattern, whether you want to make a tote, like Wendy did, or add the optional zipper, for a handbag with added security. I highly recommend it!

Watch Wendy's blog for her big reveal!

Grace and peace!!! ~Nancy
Linking up with Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Peacock Party, From Bolt To Beauty, TGIFF, Friday Foto Fun, Finished Or Not Friday, UFO Busting, Oh Scrap, Monday Making, What I Made Monday. 


  1. Pretty and to be happy with that.

  2. You've made FOUR??? That MUST be a great pattern!! Perfect project for a sew day with friends (one or more.)

  3. Lovely tote. Great fabrics. Great to see it finished so quickly.

  4. Mom is going to love this! The fabric is so pretty. It looks like her favorite flow blue dishes. I like the pleather too!
    Quilter Bonnie

  5. Your photos of your tote, tucked into places in your lovely home, look great! It is such a great pattern, I'm sure I'll make at least one more. Who knows? Maybe I'll end up with four too! You can never have enough totes, right?? Your mom will love this one; it's so pretty. What a fun day - thanks, Nancy!

  6. Great looking tote! And I love that blue & white fabric! :-)

  7. I love all those totes! And how fun to sew with Wendy:)

  8. Your tote is a beauty. I love the blue fabric with the "Plether" bottom. Your father's carvings are wonderful, too. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Pretty bag and highly functional. I expect your mother will be very pleased with her gift.

  10. Totes and a good friend...nothing could be better. You are really making my squirrels restless, but for now, the tote pattern name is going into a file fo safe keeping for that day I need to remember it!

  11. What a great tote! love the colors you chose!!

  12. Nancy, it’s just delightful! I’m always looking for a new bag pattern! Your mom will love it! Are you going to stuff it with goodies?


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