There are lots of things happening here in the Studio over the next month! A new career, new location and a new bag. Lets chat shall we?
On to New Beginnings
I have been blessed to have the opportunity to dedicate myself full-time to my business, Hopkins Sewing Studio! I am over the moon about it but I have a ton of work to do. So I ask for your patience as I get it all together. Now let me catch you up!
Say hello to HopkinsSewingStudio.com. I am teaching myself all the things! Pray for me yall! I have transferred my posts from www.hopkinsstudio.wordpress.com to here. Still figuring it all out.
Now all that housekeeping business is out-of-the-way on the bag!
Say hello to my new little “everyday” Bag.
I was in the market for a new “everyday purse” and I like them big. You never know if I will have to use it as a flotation device:). I switch bags when I commuted to work so I exchanged from my Backpack to my tote bag to my purse. I took a good look at my purse and I could have died, the thing was barely constructed. vegan leather(pleather..what ever you want to call it) was peeling off and it wasn’t even worthy of the thrift store! Ladies check your handbags it just may be time! So this prompted me to begin to think about sewing a new everyday bag when I had a chance. Enter the Senna Tote. A collaboration between LGB and Willow and Co. I felt this tote was a little snazzier with the zipper and rounded fold over top so I gave it a shot
Source: LBJ Studio Etsy Shop $9
I enjoyed this pattern. It was written really well and used graphics instead of camera pictures. If this bothers you don’t worry there are very little pieces and its very easy to follow. There are several reviews for this pattern some even from first time bag sewers. The pattern provides different options, hardware and fabric cutting guides which is always helpful. The Senna Tote used interlining which was a first for me since I swear by interfacing but the bag holds up wonderfully. I definitely learned to trust the designer on this one. It’s a one day-er so get busy.
Ex Libris collection by Allison Glass purchased from my local quilt shop
Historical Fiction in Gold
Historical Fiction in Strawberry
Zipper Pull-Joanns-Isn’t she just a doll!
I used the Pink on the inside to brighten the bag a bit. I took the seam sin 1/2 inch I hate saggy linings or when the insides droop.
I also used the pink to highlight my personal label.
I lined and made bias tape on the pockets to add some contrast. , added rectangle rings, stiff bottom and bag feet.
The pockets are not lined, that’ s a no-no for me I had add lining. I did not add the magnetic snaps. I wanted to be able to access my ipad from this pocket which ended up shallower than I expected. If I added my ipad the snap would have been in the way.
I used pellon 71F to make a stiff bottom and added feet.
I LOVE this zipper pull!
Remember the false bottom…I forgot I wanted to added it. Thank goodness for this small iron because I had to stick it inside the lining opening all ninja style like to fuse my stiff bottom, LOL. It’s good to have a bazillion irons! Using rectangle rings….ack. I should have used these instead. Already on order… The rings turn to the narrow end while carrying..ick. You live you learn.
If you have any trouble at all it will be the curved zipper. Be sure to line up your dots and take your time and you will be fine.
Here a few more pictures of the finished bag and the cute taken when the weather was Beautiful outside.
I really enjoyed making this tote and want to make a few for my shop. Of course when you make a bag you must make matching accessories too.
I made a high zipper pouch and lined it with my DIY matching laminated cotton. I hate when creams or lotions lose their tops and create a mess. I couldn’t resist making this little tissue holder using this tutorial too.
Give the Senna Tote a try Buy It Now.