If you’re not on Pinterest, you don’t know that I have a Board called “The Perfect Bag Tutorial“. Earlier this summer I splurged on some laminated cotton that I loved, and I needed the perfect bag to make this fabric into. My Pin buddies Jo-anne, Jenn and Tina joined my quest.
Long story short, I’m sewing a bunch of bags. These are my thoughts on them. They are completely subjective and not based on any sort of rubric. Perhaps at the end of this quest I’ll be able to say what constitutes a perfect bag tutorial, but for now, I’m just sewing.
I made the knot tote for my SIL’s birthday recently. My two thoughts were 1) I wanted to use some of my large stash of vintage teal wool and 2) I wanted the bag to have a “Mad Men” style, as she had recently purchased some awesome work wear from Dorothy Perkins.
It is an easy bag to make: four pieces of fabric, about a half dozen passes through the sewing machine, a minor amount of hand stitching = done. I wasn’t thrilled with the results, mainly because I tweaked it too much in trying to join the handles together. If you stick to the pattern, you’ll be fine!
I did put a layer of muslin in between the exterior fabric and lining as well to give the bag a bit more structure, which I was happy I did.
The verdict? A quick and easy pattern if you’ve ever used a sewing machine. The trickiest thing is turning the bag right side out. This is the perfect pattern when you want to make a last-minute purse for a wedding or Saturday night out.
The Knot Tote
– instructions and pattern are provided in a pdf for easy downloading, printing and referencing while you sew
– large photo images for every step
– pattern also available for commercial use
– while this is an easy pattern, absolute beginners will need to look up sewing terms
– seam allowance was not provided (usually I contact the author about omissions, but I assumed a 1/4″ seam allowance since it was such a basic pattern)
– I had a hard time working the top edge of the knot in my machine, perhaps it was the excess muslin adding bulk? I ended up hand-stitching it
– approximate finished bag size at beginning of pattern
– neutral background and more lighting in photos
Next up, the Osoberry Bag tutorial review!