April 19, 2013

Sewing Circle Tote

Last month Elizabeth Hartman of Oh, Fransson! posted photos of a bag she had designed to carry all of her quilting supplies to sewing days with friends. Since I am such a fan of sewing with others I knew that I needed to make this bag and started counting down the days until the pattern was released.

The finished exterior of the bag

I absolutely love the pattern!! Elizabeth has written this in a way that is very easy to follow and the photos help to figure out the steps. She has included helpful tips that were able to boost my confidence when sewing. I got to try out many new skills with this project: working with different types of interfacing, creating zip pockets, quilt-as-you-go panels, making elastic pouches, and the overall task of constructing a bag. Elizabeth really breaks everything down into very manageable pieces!

I love the fabrics I chose (most of which come from the VeloCity line from P&B Textiles). This was my first time using Essex Yarn Dyed Linen and I absolutely love the feel of it! I originally wanted black, but was unable to find enough. I ended up using denim (the same color Elizabeth used on hers) and I really love the look!

I love, love, love this bag and can't wait to use it at the upcoming DC Modern Quilt Guild sew-in and drag it all the way to Michigan with me for Camp Stitchalot!

And, here is the final product!! I can't wait to load it up with all of my tools and toys. I will make sure to show you an updated photo soon of my bag hard at work!

I'm linking this post to Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts


  1. So awesome! I can't wait to see it in person.

  2. do i get to see this bag in use on sunday? i can't wait!

  3. This is next up on my table. I have all my supplies and I can't wait to make it. Yours looks great. Nice to read such a positive review!

  4. Awesome! Can't wait to see it. Would this possibly be a retreat project?
    Linda F.

  5. It is a cute bag, Anna! Well done! I agree that Elizabeth is a great pattern writer.

  6. Could be a fun retreat project! I probably need to make two, with the number of projects I like to carry around!