Botanics Love

I’m totally in love with Botanics by Carolyn Friedlander! I had a little mini charm pack of it and stitched up this.

I was plotting a tote, so I stitched up some straps. I bought some (p)leather straps from Mulberry Silks in Chapel Hill. And I’ve long been a hoarder of ribbon, so l lined the straps in ribbon. The ribbon was fairly thin so I did four lines of stitching with Sulky 12 wt.

Luckily my Botanics yardage arrived so I had lining and fabric for a pocket! This line is fabulous!!


I’m wanted a tote that was polished and neutral. You can never have too many totes.


I quilted the pocket for a little extra stability! And actually remembered a label:)


I did more straight line quilting on the outside. I used Robert Kaufman yarn dyed linen with the Botanics. This is the back.


The straps turned out great! I’m going to need more of that (p)leather!


Quilty close up! Quilted with aurifil 50 wt.


I used lots of different feet on this project!


I did piping up the side a la Carolyn’s Botanic tote. Love the pop of color!


One more glamour shot from the top of the mountain!


xo LC

11 thoughts on “Botanics Love

  1. Great tote; even better in person. Love the photographs! Are you breaking any of your rules to love this fabric???

  2. Make bags all the time but never thought of piping on a tote! Brilliant! Giving it a try. Also, what the heck is (p)leather? Faux leather perhaps? Love the look of it and the tote looks great!

  3. Cutest tote ever! That piping on the sides really makes a statement. Thanks for all the pretty pics by the lake, too.

  4. This is a really great tote! Love that you quilted the pocket. That sure makes it a lot more stable. I’ll have to remember that one! Thanks for sharing!

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