Siam Print Carousel Tote Bag (no. 7)

Although I have not posted much on the blog in the past few days, that does not mean that I have not been sewing. I just have not got a round to working on the internet. 

I have been refining the Carousel Tote bag and preparing to teach a workshop at New Threads, Weyhill Fairground in April. The preparation has been time-consuming as this time around I needed to make a demonstration bag which would be photographed at every stage and those photos then inserted into the text of a workbook which will accompany the session.

To make the “statement” bag, I ordered 1 metre of “Siam”, an oriental-style cotton print in shades of Light Brown from Fabricland with accents in Cerise Pink and Turquoise. I knew that I had a long length of Beige polka dot cotton in my stash and I would use this for the complimentary lining.

The picture on the Fabricland website was a true reflection of the print and as soon as the fabric arrived I was itching to get on with the project.

The construction of the bag was fairly straightforward. I used a magnetic snap closure on the flap which is decorated with shisha mirrors and piped in a Dark Red satin piping. I used some narrow brass loops for the strap connections and then made some narrow handles which were exactly the right dimensions to slip through the loops.


The photography and writing of the instructions took a total of one week by working in blocks of about an hour per day. Lots of proof reading and then finally printing and binding the copies. One for my friend in Chiswick, another for Meg at New Threads and a spare for any ladies that cannot make the workshop but would still like to make the bag.

Next job is preparation for the Wraparound Skirt workshop, but before then I have the overlocker threaded up with Red thread so will “run up” a Top to pattern See & Sew B6272 in Red Ponte Jersey.