Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Tie-front Totes

Tie Totes

I recently wrapped up two new tote bags (which was a feat in itself, considering I'm a bag-o-phobe!) I was overdue on a homemade Christmas gift for my sister-in-law, so tackling a new bag project seemed the perfect fit.

Rather than following a traditional paper pattern, I made the bags by taking an e-course from Trish Preston, in which she steps through the construction of her original Tie-front Tote pattern. Trish hosts her e-courses on her Two Peas in a Pod site.

For the first bag -- the one that went to my sister-in-law -- I chose two of my favorite prints from Tula Pink's Parisville line:

Tie Tote in Parisville

And for the second, another two favorite prints -- this time, from Amy Butler's Love line:

Tie Tote in Amy Butler Love

Trish's e-course was fantastic and I really can't recommend it enough, especially for beginners and fellow bag-o-phobes like myself. You can read more about my experience taking the course -- as well as enter to win a free enrollment -- over on the Fat Quarterly blog.

10 comments:

  1. John these are just beautiful...

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  2. John, the bags are beautiful! I understand bag-o-phobia and have only managed the simplest of bags so far.

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  3. Very nice bags! My wife Bev likes to make bags too. She must be a bag-a-holic, she's definitely not a bag-a-phobe. She makes up most of her patterns as she makes them.

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  4. lovely, lovely, lovely!! Looking forward to meeting you at the Fat Quarterly thingy in June.

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  5. John, thanks so much for reviewing this e-course. Love the bags you made...and I think you'll look great carrying these around in London. HA! Did you ever find a man-bag pattern to use for your trip?

    Thanks again friend...

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  6. Thank you, John, for this post and the recommendation. I have wanted to make a tote bag for absolutely ages but have never quite found the right pattern and now, thanks to you (and Trish), I have. I'm a new blogger (so still getting to grips with sharing) but hopefully will be able to show you mine (soon) when I've made it ... though I don't expect it to be half as beautiful as yours!! Thanks again ;)

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  7. Those totes are great, especially the one with the Amy Butler fabric. There's something about her designs that's very urban and chic and makes a super stylish handbag. I'll have to check out that course.

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  8. You have a good eye for fabrics John....these look great! Christine
    - ChrisW Designs

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