After recovering from my last set of little creations, I spent a whole day routing through my buttons, Ahhh BLISS!!! I decided that I would use some recently purchased little painted wooden Flower Buttons….not really with any plan in mind, I set about with two 6.5 x 6.5 inch square pieces of cream cotton fabric and marked out a simple line design for the coloured buttons I’d chosen. As soon as I’d finished stem stitching and adding the buttons….all became clear they would be a feature for a new bag design! No plan or pattern at hand, as ever, just develop it as I go along! Then, YAY! I found the perfect cotton fabrics to match in my stash as well….Maybe the stars had aligned ?? A Tote it would be then 😉 !!
A simple but stylish, lightweight, hand-quilted, cotton fabric tote with tiny painted wooden flower buttons!
As they are always so useful, I added one of my little internal triple multi-pockets and sewed on the last two little coordinating buttons I had left, as a little extra detail. Even hidden touches are important too! 🙂
My two little bordered, six inch squares, hide a little secret…even more storage! Instead of incorporating them into the body of the bag, this time, after first hand quilting them, I decided to bind them first and make an extra large full width external pocket which has the benefit of a little magnetic clasp(as shown above) in the centre, to keep things all neat, tidy and safe too!
The reverse of the little tote/bag incorporates the same top border detail as the front with a simpler bordered black block design which has also been hand quilted with a diamond pattern. With a lengthy pair of straps it can be worn on one shoulder or even cross bodied too!! A great feature if you have much weight inside.
Another noisy route through my treasured button collection, produced a one off vintage button, which matched perfectly !!!! It just begged to be sewn onto the little top, centre flap which houses another magnetic clasp!
As always, I still believe I have everything already I will probably ever need to make a life time of new little creations (though it’s still good to have an indulgent shopping trip every now and again just to make sure ;-D )
The final result…a pretty, stylish multi-pocketed, quite unique and very practical tote bag!
………Right, What’s next ??? 😀
Thank you so much Joanna! 🙂
Oh my goodness, those tiny flower buttons are simply divine! What a creative way to use buttons! We’re obviously thinking alike at the moment with our latest projects both being bags:)
It’s almost as if it’s bag making season in the crafting world….lol 🙂 I’ll need to put my thinking cap on, to see what I plan to do with pink,red,orange and yellow flower buttons I have left over ??? 😉
What an adorable tote! I love how you used the buttons. Your totes are great – I love the two that I bought from you. 🙂
Thank you so much Jackie! 🙂 As ever I have so many ideas and not enough time to get them all done as fast as I would like. Though, you’ll know from yours, there is so much time spent on hand stitching and details, they take a couple of full days to complete each one, but I’d much prefer to take my time to maintain the quality! I’m so happy your totes are so useful for you still 🙂
They really are useful and have held up beautifully with all that use! 😀
That’s really good to hear and reassures me that my workmanship is satisfactory too 😉 Have a wonderful weekend Jackie and take care! xx
Your workmanship is superb so no worries there!! 😉 I hope you have a wonderful weekend – you take care too. 🙂
Mrs P said:
Love love love your button tote bag 🙂 just wondering won’t your best Sunday dress mind that you have stolen a button from it LOL
Obviously making this little bag has caused dilemmas….should I wear my Sunday Best Dress or not ??? I could make the decision to if it is a calm windless day of course, and I don’t make any sudden movements – but what if a brisk wind suddenly picks up ? Even with it tucked in my boots, I couldn’t be sure I would keep my modesty in tact…LOL 🙂
Mrs P said:
Perhaps while you are seated waiting to be served in your local emporium passing the time of day with fellow lady shoppers you could surreptitiously drop your lace handkerchief and as you gracefully retrieve it from the floor whip out your embroidery scissors and swipe a desired button from a fellow peers gown ….not that I’ve ever done such a thing of course ….. it was a button from a gentleman’s knickerbockers I pertained, I was one short for Beloveds combination suit, and said button was a perfect match
What a marvellous idea 😀 I shall take leave immediately to wash my bestest lace kerchief ! You never quite know what buttons will be lurking a knee height and below these days… also, being that I am working with many million buttons right now in my latest ventures….I think obtaining a few more wouldn’t go amiss ! 😉
Mrs P said:
I knew you would come round to my way of thinking LOL you might even be able to unpick a ruffle or two while on your button swipe mission 🙂
Goodness with all those ideas, I’ll have my haberdashery cupboard full in no time 😀 LOL