Today is my turn on the Wonderful Things Fabrics Blog Tour! Have you had a chance to see or make with this collection yet? If you haven’t, you’re missing out so be sure to take a look at all the pretty prints!

This is actually my second time working with Bonnie’s beautiful collection! The first time around I made a quilt for the Art Gallery Fabrics Look Book, and you can take a look here because it’s full of inspiration and gorgeous projects. This is the quilt I made, and this photo was taken by a little castle here in my neighborhood.

I knew I loved the collection already, but had not had the chance to work with the canvas. So it was an easy decision to decide which fabric I wanted to make with for the blog tour, and once I saw it I fell in love again! Look how beautiful the canvas is!

And so pretty with these threads by Lecien Cosmo. All the heart eyes! It’s a 40wt thread so really nice for bag making and I used the slightly off white thread to make this tote bag.

My first plan had been to make a purse or bag with a design,just highlighting the canvas, but after a lot of tinkering and agonizing I decided that this print was just too pretty to cover up or distract from with unnecessary additions. So, I went with a drawstring tote bag in a size not too small, and not too big. Too small and it would just become decoration, too big and it would just be filled with too much stuff. So, I went with the perfect size, just in between! 🙂

I did add some AGF denim that I had for the draw string casing, handles and accents and I love how the two fabrics look so pretty together. Don’t you agree? I wanted to make the drawstring out of the denim too, but sadly ran out of fabric and instead put in a pretty pink satin ribbon. I might still change that once I order more denim!

I interfaced the whole bag with Pellon SF101 to make it have a little more structure. I love SF101 because it’s a woven interfacing and so so nice to work with and it makes everything look more crisp without adding bulk.

The magnetic closure is a little different from what you might have seen. It’s set on tabs that have been sewn in, so there is less of a chance of making a tear in the body of the bag. The slip pocket and lining was made with scrap pieces from the quilt I had made.

The pocket is a border print and thats why I decided to just keep the selvedge on there as well….a nice reminder of the collection. I also like to always reinforce the sides of my pockets.

Since I always dig around for my keys, I added a key leash with a swivel hook to the inside. The string was the hardest part to make because I was just not going to give up turning that skinny tube of fabric! It took a while, but in the end I was able to turn the whole thing inside out and attach it to the little swivel hook and now it can hold keys or smaller things with no problem! I am already contemplating a different design for the key leash on my next bag though!

The last thing I did was add a decorative D ring to the outside of the bag to attach a tag or a little charm to. I had big leather tag that I wanted to attach as is, but my sister convinced me to cut it into a different shape…can you tell where the shape was inspired from?

And just to add a few more little wonderful things, I made these little bows from my scraps….leave no scrap behind, right? I can’t decide which one I like better….can you?

And since I’d made these bows I had to test them out somewhere! And why not on the tote bag…..a bow or two just changes the look instantly! So cute! 

I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my projects for the Wonderful Things Fabrics Blog Tour! Did you see yesterday’s blog post? Jen Van Orman shared her make here. And make sure to check out tomorrows blog post by Marie-Fleurine Olsen here.

For the full line up of all the bloggers in this blog tour, drop by Bonnie Christine’s blog here.

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xx, Elise

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August 16, 2017
Oh, I love it! Especially the inside and all the sweet little details! You are so very talented, delighted to have you join us!
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    elise
    August 16, 2017
    Thank you so much for having me on this blog tour! I had so much fun and loved working with your fabrics!!
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August 16, 2017
Wow, Elise! That is one fabulous bag! The canvas is sooo pretty and I just love all the little details!
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August 16, 2017
Wow, Elise! That is one fabulous bag! The canvas is sooo pretty and I just love all the little details!
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    elise
    August 16, 2017
    Thank you so much Michelle! I had such a blast working with the canvas for the first time!
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August 16, 2017
Lovely posting! So many beautiful details! I enjoyed a lot reading it! I should try this canvas fabric! You presented it so well!
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    elise
    August 18, 2017
    Thank you so much Sara! The AGF Canvas is absolutely wonderful and I can only imagine what beautiful things you'd create with it!
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August 17, 2017
Love all the details. That key leash is and the magnet tabs are so professional. Love the added bits, clever. Wonderful!
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    elise
    August 18, 2017
    Pam, you're just the sweetest! Thank you so much for dropping by and your comment made my day because I fiddled with those bits and questioned my own sanity for a while!
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