Recently, I made a medium-sized tote using a Moda paisley charm pack.
There were enough charm squares left to make a large tote.
I also had enough of the same fabric I had used for the lining ,
accents, and handles to make a second tote.
I love birds.
Anything with birds.
I am also very fond of paisley and polka-dots.
Joann’s Fabric has a variety of beautiful, bird print fabric that
I have been wanting to purchase. I was just waiting for the perfect
I found this excellent blog, Sewn Up, and I chose the charm pack tote bag.
There are so many good tutorials on this blog.
The directions and photos are very clear and helpful.
I had ordered the Moda Polka-dot and Paisley charm pack.
Then, I purchased three coordinating fabrics from Joann’s to use for the lining,
the bottom portion of the bag, and the sash and handles.
The tutorial suggests stipple quilting, which is something I have never done. That’s next on my list of things to learn. I just stitched 1/4 inch lines.
Instead of a bow, I attached the sash and added a bird button that I have had in my button box for some time.
This pattern suggested a “how- to -make a pocket” tutorial that is excellent.
Outer Shell Lining
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