In November the Australian Sewing Guild posted that they were going to host their first Sew Along, The Tiny Essentials Tote Bag and I decided to sew along.
Back in 2012 when I did this workshop I purchased the fabric from Ikea, I also purchased the fabric below designed by Cilla Ramnek* 2008 designed for Ikea intending to make another Tote Bag.
The interfacing was on hand but the 24″ Long Pull Zip that I wanted in green or black wasn’t and this isn’t something that I was going to find locally. Luckily Alison pointed me in the direction of Zippit and I placed an order for the zips.
Whilst waiting for my zips to arrive I did manage to complete up to Day 2 of the Sew Along
|Quilted, handles made and pinned on.|
and then when my zippers arrived, it was decision time – green or black?
I ended up choosing the green as the gusset for the bag is black.
Then life got in the way and it has taken me until now to finish this bag.
and here you can see the gusset and zip
I decided to use a lingerie bag for part of the inside of the tote keeping the zip to keep the contents secure and then put covered elastic on the other side to hold chargers etc.
and loaded up to go on holidays, although I’m certain I take more cables than this away!
I learnt quite a few techniques with this sew-along and I also know that my piping needs more work.
Every time I look at this bag it makes me smile, I just love those trees!
* Here is some more information about Cilla Ramnek here.
2015 Stash Out: 16.85 m
2015 Stash In: 18 m
13 thoughts on “The Tiny Essentials Tote Bag”
Very practical and well made. Perhaps this could be a workshop for Rhodes?
That is very cute and so professional looking, I can see it will come in handy for all kinds of things.
Very cute and has quite a retro vibe.
What a great little bag! Love the colors & the piping.
I love the look of the unique print in this bag. It really does look like a high end designer bag. What a fun addition to your wardrobe.
What a lovely little bag! the piping and well, everything, looks perfect to me, so professionally made. Beautiful work, and the print is gorgeous 🙂
What a great little tote for all the paraphanalia we have to cart nowadays. And nicely made to boot. Happy New Year, Sharon.
lovely bag – very smart
Everything about this bag is wonderful. It looks really professional, and I adore that green zip!
I love it all, the bag and the fabric.
Very impressive bag making Sharon.
That's a gorgeous bag, so practical for all your cables, and I love the quirky whimsical trees, they made me smile too 🙂
Love your little bag! Thanks for the link to the fabric designer too. Very interesting. I enjoyed the sew-along and hope they hold another one soon. 🙂