Hello! I’m Emily from Mommy’s Nap Time, and I’m so excited to be a part of the Purse Palooza blog hop! While I’m a quilter at heart, I love making bags and pouches. Today I’m reviewing the Pleated Tote by Ellen Luckett Baker / The Long Thread. This tote is perfect for carrying library books.
This post is part of Purse Palooza 2013.
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Emily of Mommy’s Nap Time is an awesome quilter, and she is unique in the fact that she prefers to work on the small scale. This is my favorite project that Emily has made.
What fabrics / supplies were needed to make the bag? The instructions call for 1 yd quilting cotton for the outside and handles, and 1/2 yd for the lining. Fusible fleece is suggested as a stabilizer – but I used duck canvas as a sew-in interfacing instead.
I really loved the cutting illustrations, particularly because I chose to use different fabrics for each area – the cutting illustrations helped me to keep track of which pieces I’d already cut (I’m pretty visual). The instructions were fairly basic, yet perfect for anyone who has any experience sewing a bag. I would think that a beginner would have no problem figuring out the steps, though a few extra pictures / diagrams would be helpful. I didn’t worry because it’s a free pattern, and for being free it’s pretty fantastically written!
I made a few modifications to the pattern. First of all, I used duck canvas inside instead of Fusible Fleece, and I used a lightweight canvas for both the outer and lining. I purposely didn’t want a floppy bag, but perhaps it was overkill. Next time I’ll use quilting cottons with the duck canvas, or I’d follow the instructions and use quilting weight cotton with fusible fleece. I must admit I love the weight the finished bag has to it. The duck and canvas give it a great dimension.
I also used different fabrics for mine. The pattern calls for 1 yd outer fabric, I only had half yards cuts, so I used the outer fabric for just the outside of the top band, and made the lining of the inside top band, and straps using a separate fabric. The cutting illustrations make it easy to mix and match fabrics (to keep track of which fabric went where, I wrote down the fabric names inside the cutting illustrations).
Overall I really enjoyed this pattern and can’t wait to make another. As usual my family members all lined up to call dibs on the next tote bag, so it was a huge hit!