Maker’s Tote Handcrafted Patchwork

Maker's Tote Handcrafted Patchwork - Noodlehead

Today I’m sharing the Maker’s Tote I made for Alison Glass’ Handcrafted Patchwork lookbook. You can read more about her lookbook in my last post.

I really enjoyed working with these fabrics. The colors are so bold and compliment the designs so well. It makes it fun to combine fabrics and use them in projects like this. This Maker’s Tote was fun to sew up, I really do enjoy the challenge of getting the binding just right. Although nothing is ever perfect, I do like putting in a good effort to produce the final tote. In hindsight I wish I would have added a layer of SF101 behind the main exterior pieces because of the fabric being a bit thin, but otherwise it was a fun make.

Maker's Tote Handcrafted Patchwork - Noodlehead

I can imagine this one being loaded up with art supplies! I am teaching this tote at my local quilt shop, Olive Juice Quilts in a few short weeks. It’s always fun to be in a group of people all sewing up the same project. Seeing something come together from just pieces of fabric and interfacing is so exciting. Each person’s take is different and beautifully unique. If you’re interested, here’s the class info.

Maker's Tote Handcrafted Patchwork - Noodlehead

I’m also excited because Quilt Market is this week! I won’t be attending, but the buzz on Instagram is always fun to watch. It seems like I can hardly keep up with each new fabric line out there, but it’s always fun to see the amazing booths and new projects that sprout up. I know the designers put so much time and effort and creativity into all they do.

Lastly, I was wondering if anyone was up for a small sew along using the women’s tunic pattern in my book? I’ve been meaning to sew one up for ages, and now that it’s finally warm enough here to actually wear one without all the layers of sweaters, I thought I’d ask. If you’re interested let me know in the comments.

Pattern: Maker’s Tote (large size) find my video with tips here
Fabric: Alison Glass Handcrafted Patchwork

Maker's Tote Handcrafted Patchwork - Noodlehead

33 thoughts on “Maker’s Tote Handcrafted Patchwork

  1. Ann says:

    I love AG’s fabrics, but for sewing bags I’ve found it’s a little fragile (compared to denims and such I’m used to)- is that why you suggest the SF101?

    Also, I’d enjoy a tunic sew-along. I’ve never really sewn any garments for myself successfully and would enjoy the challenge.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Yes, I agree. It definitely needs some extra interfacing for bag making. 🙂

  2. KateG says:

    Yes! Your tunic is on my list and a sew-a-long would be the push I need to cut the fabric. Sign me up!

  3. coursenn says:

    Yes, please! The tunic sew-along is a great idea!

  4. Kara says:

    A sew along could be fun!

  5. desi*d says:

    The women’s tunic is on my to-sew-list since I have bought your great book. Let me know if I could also take part and what the rules are.
    I am a huge fan of your blog as well. The Gingham Tote is already my favorite bag and the flip-flops are already awaiting the summer.
    Hope to hear from you,

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Awesome! So glad you’ve enjoyed doing some of the projects!

  6. Amanda says:

    I have been wanting to make the tunic and would love a sew-along! Your book is my absolute favorite sewing book that I own!!

  7. Christina says:

    I’d love to do a sew-along!!

  8. Carrie says:

    I love this Makers Tote! I really need to make another one, for myself this time, in the larger size. And I would totally be up for a sew along for your tunic pattern! It’s been on my ever growing list of things I want to sew now ?

  9. Jennifer says:

    Yup. I vote yes on a sewalong!

  10. Annette says:

    Great bag and yes to a sew along! I have traced the pattern pieces but hadn’t gotten any further.

  11. Janet says:

    I would love to sew along with you, I bought the fabric for this a while ago but haven’t actually done anything with it yet.

  12. Gina says:

    I would like to join in. Love your tunic pattern. Haven’t made one yet. It’s on my list.

  13. Sarah says:

    Yes! I need a push- and if you wanted to do the chambray dress too that’d be awesome!

  14. Diane Beavers says:

    Anna, Yes indeed I’m up for a tunic sew-along from your Handmade Style book. Stashing some Alison Glass prints (Kitetails) that might just make a festive tunic, probably not enough drape tho. So I’m off to shop for chambray or rayon.

  15. ThreadTime says:

    After making this bag a few times, do you have any tips other than what is in the pattern?? I have the pattern and intend to make it in the next two weeks before attending an applique workshop. I love your work. Your designs are always so clean and functional, and you use the best fabrics when putting them together. Beautiful work!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi, thanks for the comment. You can email me with specific questions you might have. I do try my very best to include as much helpful information as I can with each pattern.

      1. Anna Graham says:

        Hi there again, I’m going to try and put together a video for next week that covers a couple of the trickier parts. I’ll be sure to post on my blog when it’s available. 🙂

  16. Donna B says:

    I always love your Maker’s Totes, great fabric selections and workmanship. I need to work on that but my 2nd one did come out better than my first! I’ll post it soon and tag you. Yes to the tunic sewalong!

  17. Meg O says:

    I would love to join the sew along. A little more afraid of working on a garment but love your book and have been working thru some of the projects.

  18. Dixie Torrech says:

    I would like to sew along. I’ve had your book since publication and I have been wanting to sew it up. Thanks for the invite.

  19. Reece says:

    This one is stunning too; I’ve loved every one I’ve seen so far! Yes, I would love a tunic sewalong. I still have never made a garment, so a bit of hand-holding would be perfect to get me going, ha!

  20. Brook says:

    Yes please I would love to sew along !

  21. Linda Wilson says:

    I would definitely be interested in doing a sew along please do one. Right now a sew along is the best way to keep me motivated to start and finish a project and I get to see so many other wonderful makes at the same time

  22. Kristie Fields says:

    Yes! I have made the Chambray Dress from your book twice, but I have been a bit nervous to try the tunic. Thanks!

  23. amanda jean says:

    it’s a beautiful bag, Anna! I love the idea of a tunic sew along as well!

  24. Quilting mom says:

    I purchased the pattern and was reading on instagram that some of the steps in the pattern were very difficult to follow. Is there an update sheet for it? I think I tagged the posts on IG that addressed difficulties.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks for your comment. I admit to being thrown off a bit by your comment. I’m not aware of steps that are ‘very difficult to follow’. I haven’t had any feedback regarding that. I DO have it rated for Intermediate sewists, which means that some of the steps are tricky to maneuver and that it is helpful to have past binding experience (especially on a 3D object). But I would NEVER intentionally sell a pattern that had steps that were difficult to follow or understand, that is not my intention nor a business practice I follow.

      If you’ve ‘tagged’ posts on Instagram the only way I can be notified is if you include me by adding: @noodlehead531.

      Are you currently making one and need help? I am always available by email.

    2. Anna Graham says:

      Hi again Quilting Mom, I’m going to try and put together a video for next week that covers a couple of the trickier parts. I’ll be sure to post on my blog when it’s available. 🙂

  25. Heather says:

    I’m always up for a sew a long! especially for sewing garments!

  26. janequiltsslowly says:

    Love this bag! I’m also interested in a sew along for the tunic.

  27. Oh, I’ve been looking for a tunic pattern! Completely forgot about that one. I’d be interested.

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