I had made my first version (after many many prototypes) from this same floral print! And I happened to have enough left over to make another sample during the recording of my Haralson sew-along videos. If you watch the videos, you’ll get to see it in action, hopefully it’s also nice to see some still photos that are styled.
Digitally Printed Fabric
This sample uses a cute floral I had printed at Hawthorne Supply Co. The floral design is by Sunday Babes and is printed on their cotton/linen blend. I hadn’t used their print on demand fabrics before this project. It was quite easy to work with.
My only aside (and this is maybe related to some digital printed fabrics?) is that the most worn parts of the fabric do tend for the design to rub off showing more of the base cloth. Almost all the bags I’ve ever made or used (using digitally printed fabrics or not) experience similar wear over time, but I think with an overall print like this it is more noticeable when the print wears away showing a cream/natural base cloth underneath. Just something to think about.
I paired the floral with some dry oilskin scraps I had leftover and the Monster Snot and Cream zippers available in my shop. The webbing is Cognac, but I have some great alternatives, too! Acorn and Hazelnut are both beautiful brown toned webbing colors. All are available in my shop!
I used the hardware and leather closure option (which is what I use for my personal bag as well). The pattern includes using other hardware closure options such as a Turn Lock or a Loxx Fastener. I go over installing each closure in my video as well!
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I’m not super into pattern matching (I try not to make things complicated), but when the scale of the print is large like this one, I felt like it was a prime opportunity to practice my skills! It’s not perfect, but I think it turned out just right.
Oh, and I almost forgot that with this print (since it’s a one-way directional print), that I had to put a seam in the bottom of the tote. Not too difficult if you find yourself in a similar situation with whatever fabric design you use.
You’ll divide the Main Exterior in half and then add your seam allowance to that number. I almost always use a half inch, so just add that to your divided measurement for the exterior piece. And then you’ll sew that bottom seam making sure the direction of the design is facing away from the seam. Hope that helps if you decide to try it, too!
Pattern:Pepin Tote pattern (available in PDF and paper), this pattern is made up of just a few rectangles! So you can cut directly with your rotary cutter/ruler (save time and paper!) or make templates if you wish.
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