Seductive Projects

The projects you start and work on when there are other projects waiting patiently for their turn. For me that’s the Bag of the Month club for March and April. March in particular had a lot of pieces to cut out, and a lot of interfacing to fuse in place. I am excited to use the Koi canvas I was generously gifted in the #getyourquiltywishesgranted3 on Instagram last fall.

But I actually started with April, which is a simpler bag. The pattern is the Celine zip top tote by Swoon Patterns. I decided this would be a great tote for taking to the beach or park in the summer, so I am using laminate for the lining and insul-bright batting. It is meant to be a slouchy bag, so the only additional stiffening I used, other than the pattern recommendations, is a heavy peltex for the bottom. The feature print is Atlas from Tula Pink’s Eden, with linen canvas in navy and white for the sides and handles. I omitted the interior pockets (I saw one person who had added a divided slip pocket on the back — dang, why didn’t I think of that?)

And so I sewed a bit, and then a bit more, and voila! it was done!  Between the insulbright and the peltex bottom, it stands up pretty well on it’s own.  How much stuff can I fit in?  Lots!  The handles are 1-1/2″ wide instead of 1″ so I can use my pre-cut foam interfacing, which I love for handles, and lengthened to about 29″ (14″ drop) are plenty long to throw over my shoulder.  Now just to get rid of this snow and welcome spring!

Celine Zip top tote


Linking up to Show Off Saturday with SewCanShe and Main Crush Monday with Cooking up Quilts.



  1. I like that term — seductive projects. They are the reason I can’t finish my WIPs. LOL Your bag is great. Have fun using it.

    1. I get distracted easily…. Thanks for visiting!

      On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 8:56 PM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  2. Yep, there is always something I’d rather do than what I am supposed to be working on. Until deadlines strike. Your bag looks like fun. I haven’t gotten into making bags yet. maybe someday . . .

    1. Bags take a lot of time to prepare but overall much less time than a quilt. I want to see if next month’s pattern will suit a quilted panel so I can combine my skills.

      On Sun, Apr 15, 2018 at 10:22 PM, Lisa in Port Hope wrote:


  3. Your bags are so beautiful! Looking forward to seeing what you do with a quilt panel next month!

    1. Thank you! I hope to have some dedicated sewing time next month unless the garden takes over!


      On Sun, Apr 22, 2018, 3:41 PM Lisa in Port Hope, wrote:


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