A Finished Social Tote

by Nicole

Have you ever finished a project and felt a sense of victory?

That’s how I’m feeling about finishing my Carolyn Friedlander Social Tote!

Social Tote

I learned a lot in the process and have a much better sense of putting together a tote like this one with different compartments. For a couple of in-process photos, see this previous post here.
One of my favorite things about the totes was making the handles. The instructions for making them were a new-to-me technique that made the handles come together easily with a neat finish.  
Social Tote_handles

The other thing I like was the optional pincushion. It’s a nice, chunky pincushion. I filled it with batting scraps to give it some puff and raw rice grains to give it some weight. 
Social Tote_Pincushion
One thing I would do differently if I were to make the tote again is to adjust the size of the lining and make it a bit smaller so that it would fit more a bit more snugly inside the outer shell. I’m thinking that either making the pieces smaller or taking a larger seam allowance would work. 
Social Tote_Inner Shell

All in all, it was a great learning experience!  

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Patchwork and Play March 26, 2015 - 8:57 am

You've done a great job of this tote! I love the purple lining! I usually use a larger seam allowance on the lining of the bags I make which often does the trick of making for a smoother finish.

Suzanne March 26, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Doesn't posting your FO on your blog and on IG feel like the best kind of victory lap? High five, Nicole!

Shirley March 26, 2015 - 1:49 pm

Looks great! I found this to be a challenging pattern but a great finish and agree that larger seams for the lining would be a better fit. I'm in love with your fabric choices!

Kathy March 26, 2015 - 4:15 pm

This turned out beautifully! On the lining, I find, especially with purses, that I like a bit of a looser lining. That way, depending on how much you put in the tote/purse and how heavy it is, you aren't stressing the lining and thus chance breaking a seam.

GerryART March 26, 2015 - 5:03 pm

You've a FAB finished basket.‼️‼️
The finish on the handle is so attractive.
Nicole, Great Job

Hug 'n smiles

Pierro March 26, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Rosemary b here:
this is really a sweet basket, I love the fabric choices. I love the handles. I love everything about this ❤️
Nice finish, Nicole

pandchintz March 27, 2015 - 10:50 pm

It looks so good, Nicole. The big pincushion works well with it too.

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