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Scrumptious Maker's Tote

Hello all! I hope you're having a wonderful Summer. We have been super busy with vacations, back to school prepping, 4H, etc. so I haven't been blogging as much as I would like to. I do keep up with Instagram daily though, so if you'd like to see my posts before they hit the blog, head over to IG and follow me @amistabaker :)

Today I want to share with you a Maker's Tote (pattern by Noodlehead) that I made from some beautiful Scrumptious fabric by Bonnie and Camille which were gifted to me by a dear friend.

I used Mochi Dot Linen in Putty for the exterior main fabric, along with a gorgeous (if I do say so myself ;)) hex panel done in Scrumptious fabric. Each hex is 1" and I needed nearly 50 for the entire panel. It took me a couple days to sew it together but it was well worth the effort!

The interior pockets are made from a Hello Darling print and the lining + gussets from a Lotta Jansdotter print from her Follies line. I don't know why, but I absolutely LOVE that print. I even have it in orange :)

I plan to use this Maker's Tote to store my Smitten EPP quilt while I work on it over the next several months. It will house completed and in-progress blocks as well as necessary EPP supplies.

I'd also like to make some matching accessories to go with it soon... maybe a pincushion or a zipper pouch?

Anyway, I hope you love this Maker's Tote! Thanks for reading :)

Luisa Crossbody Bag

I am so excited to share with you today the beautiful Luisa Crossbody bag that I tested for S.O.T.A.K Handmade..

The Luisa bag features a hidden front zipper pocket, two back slip pockets, and one interior zipper pocket as well as a recessed zipper and cross body adjustable shoulder strap. Read below for more photos and details on the fabrics I used!

What I used...

I used a beautiful Sevenberry Petite Garden 2017 floral print that has hints of aqua, lime, and yellow. To compliment this print I chose to use Aquamarine Essex Died Linen and antique brass bag hardware.

Instead of using SF101 as a stabilizer, I chose single-sided fusible fleece instead for extra durability. If I made another I would likely use Soft & Stable at least on the bottom panel.

Pattern Review

The bag construction process is easy for an experienced bag maker. Nothing about the construction was new or too hard. The zipper installations are simple and to the point.

My only real suggestion would be to add about 10 inches to the cross body strap if you're a taller person or someone with a large chest (just saying). I am 5'7" and had to extend the strap as far as it would go for it to reach hip level on me.

The size of this bag is somewhere in between small and medium. Its not tiny but it isn't large either, and because it's only 2-3" in width it makes it a good every day bag for the essentials. I also really love the recessed zipper top. Those are my favorite kinds of bags!!

Overall I really enjoyed making this bag. Please go to S.O.T.A.K Handmade blog and checkout her Etsy pattern shop to see this pattern and more!

A big thanks to Svetlana for allowing me to test the pattern. I love it! :)