Each time I make a new tote bag, I’m making it for myself. Because I truly, really need one. Or two! But then I finish and decide I know someone else it’s perfect for. I’ve just completed the fifth one, and I am keeping this one!
I decided, even though fabric buttons are such a pain to sew on because they have a metal loop on the back instead of a couple of holes through the button, I really, really like the way the batik fabrics looks on the buttons.
I’ve decided I’m also quite fond of the way this simple edging treatment looks on the bags.
On the red tote and the last blue tote, I made the wider trim for the buttons and quilted it along with the rest, but made the smaller divider piece across the top last, and sewed it on after the quilting, ditch stitching along the faux piped edge leaving it loose like a flange.
I didn’t do that this time, I sewed and quilted them both flat. I think I prefer the texture of the flange look. No biggie, I’m still very pleased with this one.
I also quilted this extremely densely. It’s so dense, that the Soft and Stable slouches a little bit!
I still have at least three more I want to make, but now I need to take a break and make a sewing machine cover for my Bernina B740. It’s just not right that she’s running around buck naked in my sewing room!