Happy Saturday! I have a little project to share with you today. My friend has two sweet daughters that are starring in a ballet production on Sunday and I wanted to make them a special gift to celebrate their big performance! The Happy Flower Quilts book is an amazing eye candy book! I love to flip through it to see all the beautiful ideas! No matter how many times I look through it, I feel as if I’m looking at it for the first time! Check out the cover…this is a quilt!! Oh my, how I would love to make this! The little tote bag is called the Little Sister Tote in the book. The project says that the small bag was perfect for ballet shoes, so I knew this would be perfect for my ballerina friends! The bigger tote is called the Big Sister Tote. I love the front pocket…I may have to make this one too someday!
The pattern calls for a pre-quilted fabric and I found this pretty pink rose fabric at Joann’s. On the reverse side, there is a paisley vine print. The pattern calls for a lining fabric but since this fabric had a reverse print already, I left out the lining fabric. Just remember that your seams will show on the inside of the bag so use pinking shears to cut the fabric edges so they won’t fray.
The first bag, with the patchwork bottom, was made like the pattern suggested but I wanted to make something different for the second bag. I decided on a monogram with a lace trim border. For both bags, I added binding at the top of the bag before sewing the sides together. The pale aqua binding matches the monogram fabric.
I loved the cherry handles that were used in the book and found some on Etsy but didn’t have time to get them so had to come up with another idea. A pretty cotton ribbon it was! I folded under the edges about 1/2″ and just sewed them on the outside of the bag. I added a coral flower that I found in the scrapbooking section at Joann’s and glued them to the ribbon with fabric glue. I hope they stay on! You know how I love the Zakka style labels, so I used some on the inside that say handmade and made by hand….
…and some on the outside because they are too cute! You can find some labels like these here.
I hope my ballerina friends don’t see this post before Sunday and that they like their ballet shoe tote bags. I only wish I had a pair of little ballet shoes to photograph with these bags…somehow I don’t think boys golf shoes and athletic shoes would look quite right!😁
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