Friday, August 18, 2017

Print Shop Tote II

I'll admit it ... I bought my plane and hotel tickets to QuiltCon 2018 way back in May of this year, before I even knew I was going to be able to get into any QuiltCon classes I want. (But I did!). I was so upset that I missed out on the QuiltCon East show in Savannah that I knew I was going to plan way, way ahead for the Pasadena show. So ... Pasadena, here I come!

I decided to make my own patchwork tote bag for the show. After all, I know I'm going to be shopping. A lot. I need something to carry around my merchandise, don't I? Oh, and of course, I just really wanted to make the tote. The pattern I'm using is from Colorful Patchwork Bags & Basket taught by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield.

I see this tote as the larger cousin of my Print Shop Tote, as I used the same Print Shop fabric line by Alexis Abegg for Cotton + Steel. There's something about the fabric that is just so adorable ... maybe it's the kitty faces!

This bag is pretty big, and it will hold a lot ... assuming my straps don't fall off. I find that to be the weak point of the bag. There's outer pockets, inner pockets, and for the first time ever, I installed a magnetic clasp. (I had no idea it was so easy to install a magnetic clasp!) Overall ... it wasn't hard to assemble.

Well, I'm very happy with this bag! It is adorable, and although I could have quilted it, I chose not to. (Or, rather, by the time I decided I should quilt it, I've already sewn all the darts and I wasn't about to pick it out.) Come February, I'll find out whether it is actually well made!


Link parties joined: Busy Hands Quilts, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, My Quilt Infatuation, Sew Can She, and Cooking Up Quilts.


  1. I would so steal this bag from you! But I won't, I'll just admire it. I do have all those fabrics--even the lining fabric. I know when you come back, your bag will be full of goodies.

  2. Great bag! Love those little faces. What a fun thought, to think of what your bag will be filled with when you come home.

  3. I like the bag and the fabrics you chose are so fun! Can't wait to see what you stash in there at QuiltCon!

  4. What a cute bag! I love the look the darts give it.


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