I had the opportunity to sew up this Caravan Tote in Alison Glass’ newest Handcrafted Patchwork collection. It really is fun to see things start with a small pile of fabric and watch it transform into a useful bag. It’s hard to believe that it undergoes such a transformation so quickly.
The main fabric is the Andover Chambray which was really easy to sew with. I hadn’t used it before, so it was a nice opportunity to try it out. I love the colors and the subtle texture it adds. The leather details are always a fun touch and I think makes the bag really look put together. Not only does it look nice, but the leather is very durable as well. If you’re curious, you can read here about my leather zipper pulls that I use.
Now and then I get a few questions about cleaning handmade bags. A couple of years ago I put together a post on how to care for your handmade bags. With leather handles though I can say I wouldn’t recommend washing – only spot cleaning. I think it was mentioned in the comments of that post, but one reader recommended using Scotch Guard (of course test it on your fabric before spraying it on your finished bag just in case) and I think I’d recommend doing that for bags made with sewn-in leather handles like this.
I don’t have much more to say about this bag other than it was a pleasure to sew it for Alison’s lookbook. If you want to check out all the awesome projects you can view it here. All the beautiful quilts and bags and garments featured are so inspiring!
ps. My friend Reece is doing a sew along on her blog for this tote, so if you’re interested in joining along read her announcement here.