MORE CHARM SQUARE MAGIC – practical and pretty totes for the Fall in blue charm squares





We featured a project with Janome show & tell techniques + Janome feet and accessories earlier this month on 30th October  – our Colour of the year green charm square tote & matching zipper baggie.  Find the post here if you missed it.

Here is the blue version and a larger tote with some modifications

I mentioned that I had gone a little crazy buying charm squares a few years back. Well it seems that 2017 may be the year for using up these charm packs?! I spent some most pleasurable hours sewing during the summer and have a few new totes/hand bags for my travels which kicked off with the Edmonton sewing show: Creatival Festival West.

As seen in this pic, I added a closure to my bag – a simple fabric loop and 2 buttons one on top of the other for extra height so the loop would stay in place

As I sat happily sewing in my newly organize and set up sewing room, the thought did occur to me that patchwork charm square bags are probably not everyone’s cup of tea. The fact is I love this look and really do not care a toss if people look at me in airports and wonder why I am carrying such a bold and embellished patchwork bag around with me.   So I will cheerfully sally forth with one of my creations on my arm this Fall! However, if your taste runs to the more subdued or office/chic look, then you are more than welcome to choose different fabrics and colours. What about leather or pleather? or even try out the cork fabric I found at the Edmonton show and have already embroidered on & sewed up into another tote bag (more later).

I added a fairly deep double pocket on the back of the bag for my cell phone and keys. I also added a horizontal strap which fits over the telescoping handle of my suitcase so that I can be much more hands free as I’m checking in & getting through security at airports.

I chose to add grommets, caribiners and a D ring for my handles/straps on this bag. And the buttons at corners of the charm squares was omitted……why? because I did not have suitable blue buttons. But I will keep looking and I can always add these later.

Close up of the back of the bag showing the outer pockets and suitcase strap.

Similar decorative stitching was done in the ditches of the charm squares on this tote using the Janome Acufeed Flex foot  – just because I love decorative stitching!

Back of the bag

Are you inspired to make yourself a new tote bag incorporating your style and favourite fabrics? Let us know your fun tote bag ideas.

About Liz Thompson

I am the National Education Manager for Janome & Elna Canada and I LOVE to sew! I have been employed full time in the sewing and quilting industry for over 30 years so I bring a wealth of sewing knowledge & expertise to this blog. I enjoy all forms of sewing from quilting to sewing garments to machine embroidery and software. Pretty much everything in my life is seen through the eyes of a passionate sewer! I am constantly on the look out for fun, innovative and inspiring ideas to share with you all on this blog. I also love to sew, read, knit , crochet, travel and spend time with my family and friends.
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1 Response to MORE CHARM SQUARE MAGIC – practical and pretty totes for the Fall in blue charm squares

  1. Nancy says:

    Very nice


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