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 ??? 😀