Happy Mother's Day! I was so happy to finish this spring tote bag for my mom in time for Mother's Day. She received it today, and it sounded like she really liked it!
I also just bought myself an (early) Mother's Day present - Lisa Lam's The Bag Making Bible. It is a fabulous book! There are some great patterns in it, but the best part about it is the techniques she details in the book. I made this bag using The Versatile Book Bag section.
I added a button closure using the directions from The Reversible Bucket Bag pattern, which is one of the included patterns (and very cute - I want to make that bag, too!).
With such dark denim (and a sub-par photo), it is difficult to spot the 1.5" flat bottom I added to this bag. I really liked how this turned out, though - the flat bottom gave the bag a nice shape. I lined the bag with a small, subtle, light blue floral print and made one divided patch pocket for smaller essentials.
It is hard to say which is the star of the show - the floral or the button?! The fabric is Heidi Grace Daydream. I couldn't resist the Spring in that fabric! I had originally purchased a little orange flower button to use on the bag, but it was a little bit too small - and probably too much flower. This vintage orange button has been hanging out in my sewing cabinet for a while, just waiting for the right application. I was a little sad to see it go, but happy it was going to my mom. It is perfect for the bag!
Happy Mother's Day, Mom! You are the best! I can't wait to see you soon!