zipper top tote

I’ve been waiting for so long to finish up this zippered tote bag.  It’s a gift for a horse lover, couldn’t have picked a better fabric than this Heather Ross print.

I used the basic dimensions from my Madras Tote Pattern and added a few extras.  A little star pocket for keys perhaps, and a recessed zip to hide and hold all the rest.  I’ve only done a recessed zip once before, but I think this is pretty close.  Maybe next time I’ll sew the pull end of the zipper into the side seam, but it works pretty darn slick this way.  Love the little hedgehog end zip cover.

The straps are just linen with some handstitching thrown in.  I love the way the lining [1001 peeps by lizzy house] looks with the brown.  I have to admit I must have been channeling my inner Amanda when I was making this bag, seems something right up her (and my) alley.  ♥

Anyway, hope you have a fantastic Monday, thanks for reading!

37 thoughts on “zipper top tote

  1. Grandma G says:

    Very cute bag! And that last pic made me giggle. 🙂

  2. BeeSewSweet says:

    Great bag! I love the patchwork and the stitching you did on the handle. Did you just do that part by hand? Love it!

  3. AmandaHall25 says:

    This bag is perfect!! I am just adventuring into the land of recessed zippers, also. Happy Monday, Dear!!

  4. That turned out so cute! I really love the recessed zipper and the hand stitching details. And that big cheese at the end is contagious, made me smile too!

  5. Paula says:

    Oh Anna!! this is soo adorable! such a sweet thing and love love the out pocket! What’s the main brown pocket fabric you use? it seems so soft

  6. amy says:

    cute bag and I do love love the way those pink/white stripes look inside. Perfect shade, think I need to get some now! Happy New Year Anna 😉 xo amy

  7. Carolyn says:

    Such a great bag! And it really is perfect for horselover!

  8. I love it! The hand stitching looks perfect, it really makes the bag!

  9. Carla says:

    Very adorable with the cowboy and horses!

  10. Love that bag – and the elated look on her face! Adorable!

  11. Darcy says:

    Love this variation! You know if wrote that pattern up and sold it we would buy it (I would for sure). Love that big grin on a Monday!

  12. It is darling and I love the zipper. Super cute and yes, I can see Amanda’s influence! 🙂

  13. So adorable, Anna! I love all the stitching and the fabric, of course. Just beautiful. I’ve been thinking about you lately ~ I hope all is ok.


  14. Katy Cameron says:

    Oh that looks fab! I’ve been wishing for a while I had a horse lover to make something for just for an excuse to buy some of that fabric lol

  15. Love it! The detail work and fabric choices are awesome!

  16. Renata says:

    I love it. Lately I made the two blocks from scraps without any idea how to use them. You’ve inspired me, thak you. Renata

  17. Kerry says:

    A really cute bag Anna. I do like brown and the lining and coral shades really lift the whole thing, so pretty and happy

  18. Jeni says:

    Oooh, so pretty! Love those colors! I really need to try a recessed zipper, it’s such a classy look! 🙂

  19. Erin says:

    love it! such a great print.

  20. I love the way that pink looks with brown! So, so cute!!

  21. toots2u says:

    cutest bag ever!

  22. liZ evans says:

    Cute Bag—love the fabric choices.

  23. Poppyprint says:

    haha, best post-closing photograph all day Anna!! Cute tote, too.

  24. Schnulli says:

    wooow looks amazing…i like the colours you choosed…really nice tote…

    Greetings from berlin

  25. love the fabric…and the last pic

  26. That hedgehog zipper end cover is pretty clever and definitely cute. All around great bag, Anna. Stars are such fun to make and so cute. Love them!

    Also, your half circle cross print is pretty unique. It’s cool to see what you can do with such a simple shape.

  27. Kate says:

    Very adorable. I’m also struck by the lighting in these photos. There is something so beautiful and hazy about winter light.

  28. Ruth says:

    What a gorgeous bag – and a happy little girl! It’s the perfect size and shape for her!

  29. rachel says:

    as a mom of two horse loving girls, i think this bag couldn’t be any more perfect! i love the embroidery along the straps. amazing!

  30. traci says:

    I love the colors. I am a huge fan of tote bags and think you can never make too many or have too many. I love how you fancied it up.

  31. Dalya says:

    This bag is so pretty! Love all the details! And gosh, I LOVE recessed zippers or zipper closures on bags :D!

  32. Rae says:

    I LOVE the lizzy house as the lining here — it really jumped out at me. Of course, the WHOLE thing is totally fab. LOVE IT!!!

  33. Bec says:

    So So SOOOOO DARN CUTE!!! xx

  34. Jacey says:

    So cute, Anna! I love it. The details you added are so sweet. And it does feel like Amanda, too!

  35. Annalia says:

    OH! The cuteness!

  36. I can’t believe it took me three weeks to comment on this. I LOVE it! It’s adorable, Anna. I adore the handstitching on the straps… perfect touch!

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