Wednesday, August 24, 2011

WIP Wednesday #11

My mum turns 70 this month and I thought I’d make something for her birthday. She has always loved books and is still an avid reader so when I saw the “Grand Tour Books” fabric which is part of the Victoria and Albert fabric collection, knew that it was the perfect fabric to use to make a 241 tote bag for her.
I chose the brown colourway of the book fabric as the cream one could get dirty too easily.
I found some olive green spot fabric in my stash to use for the pockets (it matches one of the books which has spots on it) and am also using some lovely quilters linen for the strap, with some ivory cotton for the lining.
The main body part of the bag is already sewn together and I think it is looking ok so far. I really love the shape of this bag and the pockets are very practical - I hope she likes it too!
Linking to WIP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced.


  1. Kirsten I just made this bag too! Isn't it great?! I actually sewd up hexies to use for the center panel - i love that it's just so versatile. My mum is actually begging for one for her birthday too haha.

  2. Your fabrics are gorgeous, this will be a fab bag!

  3. Oh that book fabric is too cute! That's looking like it is going to be a great bag.

  4. I love this bag! so cute. I may have to break down and buy the pattern. I have loved it from a afar for too long! Your version is lovely!

  5. Such a creative bags Kirsten, i like the book pattern, it looks studious and looks great to be used by school goers.