Thursday, October 17, 2013

Purple Super Tote

Gorgeous, isn't it?  I love the colors and fabrics!

When I wrote my last w.i.p. post about this bag, I was actually already done with it, and I mailed it out that afternoon.  But I wanted the recipient to see it first!  She's a childhood friend of mine that is due with her second baby this month, and signed up for one of the pay-it-forwards I put up in January.  Worth the wait, I think.

I made the full sized pattern (unlike my first super tote):

The full sized bag (left) is quite a bit bigger, and taller--my bag (right, please excuse how worn it looks, it just came out of the washing machine) is maybe 80% of the original, and intentionally shorter.

I fully intended to put in the recessed zipper closure, but messed up on the cutting immediately and decided to just go the snap closure route.  To make up for that, I added two, color-coded, interior zipper pockets to help keep small hands away from important things.

A purple pocket.

A pale aqua-ish pocket.

The zippers are from Zipit on Etsy.  All of the interior fabrics came from my stash, hurray for stash busting!  I put interfacing on (except the zipper pockets)!   It was a bit tedious to cut out and iron on, but worth it--the shape and feel is really nice, and it stands up on it's own!

I also added a small pocket inside the exterior pocket, great for keys, change, chapsticks, small diaper creams, etc.

Reinforced handles--don't worry, all those little stray threads were snipped before being shipped off!

I didn't do the optional gusset top stitching or reinforcing the gusset pleats--the second because the pleats didn't match up at all...hmm...oh well, no harm there.  The exterior fabrics are Robert Kaufman yarn dyed essex in black and some lovely batik from my local quilt shop.  The handles have a double layer of fusible fleece (one layer on each side)

I'm linking up with M-R at Quilt MattersTGIFF and Purse Palooza!
Sew Sweetness



  1. It's beautiful, Renee! I love purple and grey. I'm sure your friend loved it! So glad you linked up to TGIFF and OctoberQuest 2! Good luck!

  2. Looks great! I'm sure it will be loved!

  3. Such a great gift! She will definitely LOVE it! I especially love the fabric on the handles :)