Saturday, June 21, 2014

The Stow It All Tote

Finally I get to show one of the test bags I've done. This one is the Stow It All Tote by Christine Welsh at ChrisW Designs.

I love the simplicity of this bag and at the same time all the pockets it has for organization. Having said that the more pockets I have the longer it takes me to figure out where I put something LOLL. The bag has 5 exterior slip pockets, 1 exterior twist lock pocket, I used a magnetic button though, a recessed zipper closure, an interior zipper pocket, two slip pockets and a pen pocket.

I used upholstery fabric for mine as the outer fabric and quilting cotton for the lining.

The approx. size: 41cm W X 31cm H X 11.5cm D.(16" W X 12" H x 4½" D.) and is rated intermediate but a confident beginner could tackle this because Christine's patterns are so well written with tons of photos of each step, 77 in all. You just can't go wrong.

I didn't have the D rings to attach to the bag handle tabs so I decided to make some fabric ones. I'm quite happy with how they turned out but I think some nice shiny ones would have looked better.

The front has three pockets one of which has a magnetic closure. The pattern uses a twist lock closure which looks so much nicer.

I did a zig zag stitch on the sides and bottom of the bag to make it more decorative and also to fuse the soft and stable to the fabric.

The inside is really roomy with two slip pockets and a pen pocket and also a zippered pocket which is all enclosed with a recessed zipper.

This is the back. I made two slip pockets instead of three.

The bag pattern has now been released so if you'd like to buy one go HERE. The price is excellent but to get a further 20% discount click on the link above and use the discount code stowit in your shopping cart. This code is only valid at the website link above. It can't be used on Etsy or elsewhere.
The code is valid until Midnight Tuesday 24th June EST so hurry and get your copy. 

I still have another three bags to show you when they are released, one of those is for a blog hop though. I've also ventured out into new territory. I'm testing my very first quilt pattern which has to be finished by the middle of July so I can't wait to show you that.

Happy Sewing.

~ Maria ~


  1. Beautiful, Maria! I strive to have perfect stitches like you. I realize that I am very lucky to have access to hardware, etc. but you are much more creative than I am. Love the loops you made. They look great. Your fabrics are perfect. It is fun to see how all of our bags look so different!

  2. Your fabrics make this tote look like a professional business woman's valise. Looking forward to seeing your other bags and the quilt too.

  3. As usual it looks great! And your substitute for the D-rings just show how creative you are. The fabrics chosen are very crisp and like Daryl said I can see a business woman using this bag. Good idea of dividing the back pocket in two; that way there are options of different size pockets.

  4. Gorgeous purse Maria! Love the fabric you chose very classy!!! Nancy

  5. Great tote, I need one for my laptop. Guess this one couldt be the right. Yout style is very business like - like it ;-)

  6. Thanks for stopping by Mira. This bag would be great for a laptop. Why didn't I think of that LOLL

  7. As always, you've done an incredible job on the bag - your stitching is always so perfect! How on earth do you get your lining to fit inside the bag so nicely - mine is always poofy and doesn't like to sit straight - yours has somehow been tamed into submission!

  8. You are such a percet sewer, Maria! Love your works!
    Another wonderful Tote you made!
    Happy new week,

  9. Very nice. I am into making tote/purses now and am looking/planning on making one with lots of pockets and zipper pockets and things like that...a place for everything. Followyou on My Girlish Whims Linky!


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