This is one of my favorite patterns, the Chubby Charmer tote bag. I've made it at least a half a dozen times, which still didn't prevent me from sewing the inside pockets on wrong last week when I was tired and skipped a few of the directions. (Yes, I did go back and fix them.) I made a pink Scottie Dog Chubby Charmer for my friend Eleanor last Christmas, and last week, my friend Karen made this lovely one in Kaffe Fassett prints.
|10:30 pm, and the bag is finished!|
|I also made a matching cosmetic bag.|
|The purple strap on the left is a "leash" so my niece has |
the option to clip her cosmetic bag into her tote bag.
I had a lot of fun adding options to the pattern and making it even better. First, instead of making it as a patchwork bag, I decided to show off the large scale horse print by using it as a single piece of fabric. I added a magnetic snap to the inside of the bag so the bag would stay closed. In addition to the "leash" for the cosmetic bag (see photo above), I also added another strap with a clip on it that my niece could use for her keys. The green clip is a carabiner that I bought in the camping section at Target. I put the clip on a D-ring, so she has the option to remove the clip and use it as a key ring if she wants to. The cosmetic bag was a free pattern on Moda Bake Shop last week, called the Strippy Charm pouch. I made mine out of a single piece of fabric. It was super quick and easy to make.
|View of the key clip. Love the purple lining!|
|A view of the divided pocket and the magnetic snap.|
After 18 years of owning my Bernina, I finally discovered my edge stitch foot! It does exactly that--it allows you to stitch right next to the edge of your fabric. You might not be able to see it in the photo, but the foot has a vertical metal plate that you align against the edge of your fabric. It gives your project a very professional finish!
|I've never made such nice straps before!|
|After my success with the edge stitch foot, I put another four |
rows of top stitching in the handles. I think they look great!
|This is the removable hard bottom for my niece's bag.|
|Here is the plastic peeking out of the pillowcase.|
|This is what the needlepoint plastic looks like. |
You can buy it at any crafts store.
|Another view of the tote bag.|
|My lovely niece Rachel on her horse. This photo is from 2011.|
Pugs and kisses,
P.S. On Friday, I plan to link up to My Quilt Infatuation, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and Richard and Tanya Quilts. If you drop by for a visit, please leave a comment. I'd love to hear from you!