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

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

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

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

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

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Quilty close up! Quilted with aurifil 50 wt.

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I used lots of different feet on this project!

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

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One more glamour shot from the top of the mountain!

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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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