Clover & Violet · Apr 27, 2015

The Pepper Tote :: Turned instead of Bound

I made another version of the Pepper tote {a free pattern you can find here!} over the last couple of weeks. This time I used hexagons with a 1 1/4″ side {so they are 2 1/2″ in diameter, point to point}. I actually used glue basting for the very first time, which I’m excited worked very well!

Here’s a closer look at the top portion, will you believe this is the first regular tote bag I’ve turned instead of bound? The only disappointment for me was that this took off some of the top height, and therefore made the shape a little more boxed than the original. But, it was a much speedier finish!

Here’s the full finish. I loved the way the yellow stood out on the Black Yarn Dyed Essex Linen, and then the bright Folk Song fabrics were bright and stood out for the hexagons as well. Interestingly, I hadn’t planned on making the bright yellow handles, I was going to go with a low volume text print. I had bought the yellow as a bolt end from Sew Lux during my last order, so it was just sitting on my cutting table {aka, my dining room table!}. When I went to grab the text for the handles, I just knew I needed this bright yellow instead and there was exactly enough to finish it, with a little scrap leftover.

Here are the two styles of the Pepper tote side by side. This finishing option is included in the free pattern, so I had wanted to make one up like this for everyone to see. It always surprises me how different a bag can look when different fabrics are used. Also, the smaller hexagons add a different dimension to the bag.

Back to my comment above about glue basting hexagons {instead of using thread}, is anyone else familiar with this technique? I could not believe how easy it was! I’d love to hear your tips or thoughts on using glue.

Related posts:

the Pepper tote {Free Pattern}
the Amelia retreat tote
Ruffle Girl Tote Bag – Lovebirds Fabric
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