I fell prey to the latest Instagram craze – the Tinkertote! This is the bag from Tara Rebman’s class on Craftsy – Quilt as You Go Patchwork Bags. So many firsts in this class for me – my first hidden zipper pocket, first bias binding, first quilt as you go project, first time doing a bag with a binding for the finish… and the class made it so easy to understand!
I used Aurifil 50 wt cotton mako for the entire bag construction. It looks beautiful with the 1/4″ quilting lines on the fabric and blended nicely with everything else. I pulled fabrics from my scrap bin and used a lot of leftover Lily Ashbury Summer House pieces too. The bottom gray textured piece is a Riley Blake fabric. The inside is a fabric I got a Hobby Lobby a while ago. I love the binding too – this was a fabric that just came in a week ago from Hancocks of Paducah and I cut right into it with minimal hesitation!
I wanted to use the totoro embroidery stitch out that I’ve had sitting on my desk forever needing to be put onto something. I thought it would make a very cute, unique edition to the bag!
I had so much fun putting the bag together. I made my fair share of mistakes but rolled with it and made it work. Tara is a great teacher. I found myself talking to her as I was putting the bag together and watching the video segments over a few times. I plan on making a smaller version for an everyday purse and I want to use my Riley Blake Geekly Chic fabrics for that. I’m so happy I signed up for the class and actually finished a bag! Looking forward to toting it around Tampa Bay Comic Con today in search for more Totoro cuteness.