Tamara and I had the extreme pleasure of meeting so many wonderful (and talented!) ladies when we attended last year’s Sewing Summit, and one of them was the lovely Sadie Fox! Full of spunk, she was a hoot to run into that weekend. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to sew anything together so when she asked me recently if I would be interested in reviewing her new tutorial on Craftsy, I jumped at the chance!
The Charm Pack Tote is an adorable spin on a traditional patchwork project, turning a quilt-like top into a functional purse or handbag. Using pre-cut charm packs, it’s a cinch to put together, and customize any way your pretty little heart desires. With having little ones at home, I work on their schedule so I was able to sew the exterior in a quick nap in the afternoon, and complete the interior lining with pocket in the evening. A purse in a day!
The fabric I chose was Little Apples by Aneela Hoey. It’s so adorable and full of character, with lovely color combinations of red, teal, olive green, grey and white. To keep it fun, I purchased green leather purse handles and used a red cotton from my fabric stash for the lining. The pocket is also made of two Little Apples charm squares.
Sadie’s tutorial even shows you how you can adorn it with some embroidery to customize it even more, but I chose to use little red apple buttons around it at the centers of some of the seams. I think it was a fun touch and shows you how versatile you can be with personalizing your designs. With step-by-step photos for every instruction, it is super easy to follow along. And if you get in a pickle, there’s a discussion board you can use to post a question, get help or even show off your handiwork.
While my sewing skillz are far from perfect, I had fun making this tote, and it’s made with love! I am usually so busy making things for other people, big and small, that I hardly stitch anything up for me. So I am claiming my Little Apples charming tote all to myself — and am going to love every bit of it.
Sew one up today, with this discount link — regular $15.99, Delish price is just $9.99!
Make everything with love,