Brushstrokes Crescent Tote

Brushstrokes Crescent Tote - Noodlehead I made this Crescent Tote as one of my first samples before the pattern was published in Making Magazine’s No.6 issue. I always love using Ellen’s (Ellen Luckett Baker) beautiful fabrics. The designs, colors, and weight of the canvas fabric is my favorite for bag making. They’re popular, too! Most collections of hers sell out relatively quickly, so if you see one you like be sure to snap it up. I usually buy one yard and that covers what I need for *most* projects. If I’m making a large tote I might do a yard and half. 🙂

I’m so glad to see lots of Crescent Totes popping up! It’s a fun and relatively quick project. I definitely plan on trying to focus on quicker projects. I know I like them because they’re satisfying to make, especially if you don’t have lots of time to sew. They’re great for an afternoon of sewing, or breaking into two small sewing sessions. When I can I enjoy cutting and prepping in on session and then maybe the following day sewing things up! Do you like to sew that way? Or an all-in-one shot? I used to be in the latter category, but that lead to many late nights of sewing. Not complaining about that though, it satisfied my urge to make even when my kids were super little.

Brushstrokes Crescent Tote - Noodlehead

Brushstrokes Crescent Tote - Noodlehead

So I think this sample might be one I’m keeping for myself! It’s such a nice size for knitting projects, which has me thinking, what project to start on next?!?

Hope you’re enjoying this early part of summer (at least for those of you in the Northern Hemisphere). Have a great weekend! Oh, and if you finished a Crescent Tote (formerly named the Making Bag in the magazine issue) tag me on Instagram (@noodlehead531). I always love seeing what you make! So many fun fabric combinations to oogle over.

Brushstrokes Crescent Tote - Noodlehead

I have one more sample to show off (it’s been an interesting balance between some secret sewing and all the other stuff life brings), but I’m excited to share them soon!

Pattern: Crescent Tote
Fabric: Brushstrokes (Paint Collection) by Ellen Luckett Baker for Kokka FabricsBrushstrokes Crescent Tote - Noodlehead


4 thoughts on “Brushstrokes Crescent Tote

  1. Ashley Thomas says:

    Beautiful bag! Could I ask a favor? Would you mind showing a tote bag on your shoulder in pictures, please? I’m always looking for bags I can “wear” and that helps to see the size better in real life. Thanks!

  2. Angie says:

    That is super cute! I love how the zipper is off to the side.

  3. Leslie says:

    Love this bag! And I love your photography. Several years ago I ordered patterns for totes and pouches from you and really appreciate your clear and accurate directions. You are careful and considerate in your work. Thank you!

    Now I have a question that’s off-subject. What is the name of the quilt block in your first photo? I love the simplicity of that design — colors and framing are spectacular yet simple. Thanks.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Leslie! It’s called the Friendship block. 🙂

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