perfect quilted totes



This year I’ve been thinking about stash-busting and trying to use up some of my fabrics. I have a lot of really great fabrics, sitting on shelves and they need to be turned into cute things!! Recently I came across Elizabeth Hartman’s perfect quilted tote and decided I was going to buy the pattern and make myself a bag or two. I’ve made tote bags before, but they are just simple bags with out pockets, or magnetic snaps and I decided a pattern would be the best thing to force me to make something a little nicer.
I loved the pattern, it has lots of photos, and is very easy to understand. It comes with two sizes and the absolutely only thing I didn’t love about the pattern is that some of the instructions are geared for the taller tote-and then some photos will say “do this for the wider tote but using these measurements” and it was fine, and I was able to do it. I would just prefer it had separate instructions for each one because occasionally I would read the wrong fabric size and get mixed up.
The first bag I made was patchwork, and still has a bit of mistakes. Your supposed to sew down the top band with stitching along the inside and as you can see I messed that part up royally! So when I gave away this top purse and decided to make myself a second bag, I hand stitched down the top band to avoid screwing up the stitching line, and it looks so much better. I’ll try and get a photo of the inside soon to explain what I mean.
For the second bag I also decided just to use up this adorable snow white fabric (which I got here) Which I’ve been hoarding for awhile. It makes me so happy to use it. Next up I’d like to sew myself a wallet, but I am looking around for the perfect pattern.

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12 Responses to perfect quilted totes

  1. Julie H says:

    Your bags look great!
    The second one is really adorable but then I like that color combination with the black and it’s a cute print.

  2. Heidi Kenney says:

    Thanks Julie! I normally like a bit more color, so I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about the black and white bag haha, but the cute fabric makes up for the lack of color for me haha

  3. Kate says:

    They both look great and have inspired me to add a few more features when I next make a tote as I have always wanted to do an inside pocket and a magnetic clasp. Such amazing fabrics!

  4. Patrice says:

    The bags looks great!
    The Flamestitch pattern is great for a larger wallet/wristlet:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/59151714/pdf-pattern-for-licking-countys-finest?ref=shop_home_feat

  5. katie says:

    These both look great – I don’t know what you screwed up-I didn’t notice a thing! Maybe I will give it a go, with you there to help me, and maybe running the machine, and doing the measurements. haha. :)

  6. These are very lovely bags. I love the color combination of the first one also.

  7. jane b says:

    These look really great! Love the mixing of fabrics.

  8. Heidi Kenney says:

    Thanks Jane, I still owe you some mail! I promise real soon!

  9. Heidi Kenney says:

    Thanks so much Alexis, I think I need to make myself a third bag because the second bag feels a little plain to me and my sister was admiring it this afternoon haha, so I think she’d like to have it :)

  10. Heidi Kenney says:

    Katie, aw I could show you—the stitching lines on the inside of the bag are all wavy! Come over and we will both make bags together! I have two machines, and ive found it takes about 3 hours to make a bag

  11. Heidi Kenney says:

    Patrice, thanks so much for the recommendation!

  12. Heidi Kenney says:

    Kate, oh im so glad to hear! Really the lining with the pockets was the quickest part of the bag, and I love that they feel so finished with these details.