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FO :: the Button Sanctuary tote bag

Hello, my friends!

The credit for the name of my last FO project goes to Helen from BeastieBlog whose sweet comment on my last post made me smile, she indeed understood so well what I had in my mind !! I have a lot of old and old fashioned and unwanted bottons at mine given to me by my Mother in Law something like ages ago (…..because you never know…. :/ ) and with which I didn’t know what to do at all… then, one day, I saw this on Pinterest….


What a lovely tote bag, don’t you think?

So,at last, all those buttons laying useless in my drawer have found a place “where they can live out their days in peace and contentment”, as Helen said ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ .

So I went to buy some fabric…


…. and this time I tried, for the first time ever, to use some interfacing to give consistency to the bag…


To be honest I don’t like it much…. not only I had problems in attaching it because it did not glue as I wanted it to, but the tote does not have the solid look I imagined it would have… I was looking for some answers online and saw that there esxist some fleece interfacing….. unfortunately, they don’t have it in the store I always go so I have to be satisfied with what I can eventually find… I hope that the messenger bag I want to sew for my Big man will turn out as I imagine it…. I have the FO image in my head and I do hope that I will be able to recreate it exactly as I see it…. but let’s go back to the Button Sanctuary tote bag! I sewed the lining and I added a pocket too….


….. oops… I forgot to turn twice the upper hem…ย  ๐Ÿ˜ฎ I hope that it will not cause troubles….


I sewed on the buttons….


… and voilร ….





It is a yarn shopping bag… this because it is meant for a yarn lover…. ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚


…. and it looks good in a crafting den …



This was a kind of a testing bag…. I tested my lately discovered embroider skill, the frame in the front is embroidered with a split stitch, I tested the use of the interfacing and its effect on the overall look of a bag, I tested my button sewing skill since I used buttons of different shapes, and, finally, I tested my top stitching skill…. hard task indeed….

I want to sew eight tote bags for Christmas as gift for the ladies from family and friends and, as said above, a messenger bag for my BM… I hope indeed that I will improve the use of the interfacing but before I’ll sew a quilted bag…. I want to sew a bag for my Mum and give it a solid look… Since I have some wadding left from my quilted blanket project I’ll use it to make a more puffed bag…. I cross my fingers and hope that it turns out good and nice…





20 thoughts on “FO :: the Button Sanctuary tote bag”

      1. You are most welcome. I absolutely adore your blog and work. It is a stunning inspiration to me. I dont always have as much time on my hands, and “work” through your hands and eyes just as much. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      2. Thanks a lot indeed! I’m so deeply touched by your words. I don’t know what to say because I’m glad that I had the chance to learn to crochet,knit and sew but all thet happened because I left my job to follow my companion and since the economic crisis rules here in Italy I wasn’t able to find another one…. don’t get me wrong,I do not regret anything,it is just that I used to be a woman with a career….

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      3. I think you are very lucky and fortunate to someone like your companion in your life. You two seem to be making things work wonderfully. And careers are not everything. Honestly, as much as I love my job and all, I enjoy my crafting so much more. Have a great day. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      4. In fact,life is ok and we manage to make it roll despite the difficulties. Thanks again for your encouragement and your kind words. They mean a lot โค โค โค โค โค โค โค

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    1. Thank you,Roma! I love the name the most,it’s Helen’s idea ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Now it is my Mum’s bag’s turn… and once finished off I’ll see if I’ll give it to her immediately or if I’ll wait for Xmas…


      1. I have that feeling that I’ll have little time at my disposal in the future (just a feeling….. ) so I’ll keep the bag for Xmas. By the way,I was looking to book a flight and hotel in London for Xmas holidays just for my BM and me… Can you tell me which area is suitable for the two of us, little budget and no car since we are flying…


  1. Yippee! More photos! I love this bag, and what a great way to test out all your new skills. And I’m totally with you on the disappointment of interfacing! I expect it to be some short of miracle cure-all, that makes fabric rigid and stops it fraying forever. DENIED! Thanks for the shout-out too… Happy to help ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Beloved has advised me that everywhere in London is quite expensive, Premier Inn and Travelodge may be your best bet money wise although they are quite basic ie no room service and basic accommodation, if you are going to stay in London the tube is the best transport, the nearer you are to London city accommodation wise the dearer it is, you may have to make a decision if accommodation or travel is what most of your budget is spent on, hope this helped xx

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    1. Dear Roma,thank you so so so very much! This were the infos I needed most to organize myself! In fact you have confirmed my doubts and helped me explain well to my BM that London is an expensive destination. Now we are musing about what to do and were thinking about money saving for a serious trip to the City ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’œ which is one of my biggest desires…. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š Thanks again for your help and say thank you to your husband for me.

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