The Miranda Tote

The Miranda Tote is a quick, satisfying sew. The instructions are well written, and as a bonus, Sallie Tomato has a sewing tutorial on You Tube. So if you are fairly new to bag making, this might be a good option for you.

The finished dimensions are 11.5″ wide x 12″ high x 5″ deep. That’s a good size tote! Here I have it loaded up with some orders from my shop. Time to head to the post office!

The bag features a recessed zipper top closure to keep your contents secure. I used a Sallie Tomato zipper by the yard in white with rose gold zipper teeth.

I added a rose gold sewing machine zipper pull for a cute touch.

And a copper zipper end gives a polished finish to the zipper as well as stability when pulling the zipper closed.

After inserting the lining and turning the bag right side out, I added a plexiglass insert into the bottom of the bag between the lining and the outer bag. This gives lots of stability when the bag is full. No saggy bottom!!!

I simply purchase a small piece of plexiglass at my local Home Depot and my husband uses his table saw to cut it to the size I need. He then rounds the corners with his sander so they don’t poke through the fabric in my bag. I insert it through the opening that I left in the lining, then I hand stitch the lining closed.

There are four rose gold, bucket style bag feet on the bottom of my bag. I used a small piece of foam stabilizer on the wrong side of the cork. Once I inserted the prongs of the bag feet through the cork and foam, I added some Gutermann Creativ glue to the prongs and foam for extra security.

I sewed up the bag just as the instructions indicated with a single pocket on one side of the lining and a double pocket on the opposite side of the lining. One thing I would change in my next bag, is that I would add SF101 (or similar) interfacing to the inner pockets. The pattern does not call for interfacing on these pattern pieces (piece M and piece N), but I would highly recommend interfacing them. Without interfacing, the pockets are somewhat ‘floopy’.

The outside front of the bag has two large slip pockets. Those pockets don’t seem to need interfacing. They keep their shape just fine. I used Soft and Stable from byAnnie to give structure to the body of the bag. I used rose gold rivets to give added security to the stitched on handles. The handles are only 1/2″ wide. I find that size handle to be just a bit narrow for this size bag. My next one will have about 3/4″ to 7/8″ wide handles.

I used turquoise cork for my main fabric; quilting cotton from Minki Kim’s Hidden Cottage line for the outer pockets; and quilting cotton from Minki Kim’s Someday line for the lining. My Baby Lock Destiny II does not like to sew through cork, foam, and cotton, so I used my old Viking Mega Quilter to stitch my bag together.

All in all, this is a terrific tote. I highly recommend this pattern for confident beginner sewers to experienced sewers.

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Patterns by Annie Project Bags 2.0

In addition to sewing and crochet, I also enjoy cross stitch. I usually toss my current cross stitch project in a basket or plastic zipper bag. Somehow those methods of storage seem to bother me. Perphaps it is because I can sew and I feel a bit guilty about using such conventional means for storage solutions!

When Patterns by Annie released their new, updated version of the Project Bags pattern, I ordered it immediately to stock in my Etsy shop.

I started a sweet little fall cross stitch project a few weeks ago, and whilst listing this pattern in my shop and holding it in my hand, I had an epiphany! Make one of these in which to carry my cross stitch supplies! (I bet you already knew that’s where I was going with this story)

Here it is housing my fall stitchery:

The pattern includes instruction for four sizes. I stitched up the size large and I explain my reasoning in the below video. The background (mermaid fabric) is from a previous project. Oh, and I made that cute tassel with my granddaughter.

For a closer look at this handy project bag, click on the video below:

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Until next time, Happy Sewing!!!

Got Your Back 2.0 – Backpack Pattern

This handy Patterns By Annie (pattern #PBA198-2) backpack pattern is a great size for everyday use, as well as for special outings. I quilted 1 1/2 yards of fabric and Soft and Stable before I cut all the pieces.

Here is a look at how I did that:

Here are some photos of the interior:

There are no exposed seams, they are all finished off with bias binding. The front exterior has a pocket with credit card slots and a flap with a magnetic closure:

The back exterior features a large zipper pocket, a carrying handle, and adjustable straps:

There is a slip pocket on each exterior side panel:

Here is a video review of the backpack:

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