Thursday, August 5, 2010

Market Tote Finished!

I have finally finished my Market Tote.  Thanks to the great tutorial by Holly at Bijou Lovely!

I struggled with it at first but in the end I'm happy with the outcome.  The colors look a little bit better together in person.  I learned a few things along the way.

  • Don't listen to the lady at the fabric store!  It was my first time in the store alone and I was trying to find the interfacing, so i asked for help.  Even though I specifically told her it said light-weight interfacing, she said, oh, well if it's a tote bag you should use this heavier interfacing.  Needless to say my bag is a little bit stiffer than I anticipate!
  • Measure! Measure!  I'm struggling with making measurements/cuts that are correct.  My panels were off by a 1/4" on the outside and so I had to cut down the inner panels to make it work a little bit better.
  • Practice sewing straight lines!  I'm sure this will get easier with time.  It's all about keeping things lined up.  It's really not too bad, but there are a few spots that are noticeable.
  • Think about the orientation of your pattern before you tell them how much fabric you need.  The stripes threw me off and had me cutting a second time.
So there you have it, my second sewing adventure!  Has anyone else tried this tutorial?  Stay tuned for more in the future!

P.S.  Keep your eyes peeled, I was selected in Sandy's Pay it Forward, so I'll be hosting my own when I get my item from her.


  1. That bag is beautiful! I can't believe you made it yourself. I just got a sewing machine and I can't wait to start using it. Maybe I'll try to make a bag too?

  2. I love your market tote! You did a great job on it. You should add it to my flickr group :)

  3. Wow! Great job! This looks fantastic, you should be so proud! And thanks for the tips, although I doubt I will ever be able to make one... :)

  4. I love this! I wish I was sew-savvy!

  5. I wish I had the patience to complete projects like this! I am really good at going to the fabric store and making a mess in the living room, but I suck at finishing things. That bag is super cute! You could totally open an etsy store!

    I found your blog from weddingbee btw. (so you know I'm not some creepy stalker)


  6. Great job! Sewing is always about trial and error for me!.


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