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Introducing the Relaxed Tote

Hi Everyone

Phew!  What a week and what a party!
If you didn’t attend my online Anniversary Party last Friday, you really missed out! It was an amazing jam packed 2 hours – 12 games, 19 prizes, and over 500 comments!  If you would like to see all the party posts you can do so in my group Patterns By Emkie, click on the photos tab and you will be able to view all the party posts 😉

I also did a few live videos so if you want to view them you can click on the videos tab in the group 😉

During the party I released my new pattern the Relaxed Tote!

The Relaxed Tote is a large bag with plenty of room within. With two ways to carry this bag (over the shoulder or cross body) The Relaxed Tote is versatile in both your needs and the “look” you are after. With a large main area, 2 zippered pockets (one external and one in the lining), and a divided slip pocket with the perfect place to store a pen and your phone – this bag has a place to store everything!

The finished size of The Relaxed Tote measures approximately 16” widest point (13 ½” at opening) x 16″ tall (40.5cm widest point {34cm at opening} x 40.5cm tall). This bag has been designed to be made using leather/faux leather/vinyl accents, however other fabric types (eg. Quilting Cotton, or another woven fabric) can be used instead.

This pattern incorporates my new dart technique.  The darts made in this pattern are not made in the traditional way – so you are sure to learn something new if you purchase this pattern!

But best of all…this pattern is on sale until 8th Feb 2017 (AEDST)!

Or you can purchase this new pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy sores 😉

This pattern isn’t hardware heavy either…

Let’s have a look at the AMAZING testers bags…

This is Mitzi‘s awesome tote!  I love the extra leather detail she added to the front.

She had this to say “It’s wonderfully written pattern. Great size. Love the strap options and how easy it was to fold over the tote straps to make them easier to carry. I love learning new things with your patterns! I also love your cut chart. When I get confused it is easily written or which part is which”.


Amy made this amazing version!  I just love how the large font print works so perfectly with this bag 🙂

Amy said “I loved this pattern and the size of the bag.  I plan to make a bunch for my shop 🙂  Another love note, I really appreciate that you use pictures from the material in the bag on your cover throughout each step.  I feel like this sets a pattern apart and makes it much easier to follow when looking back to see if you’ve achieved the right look”.

Dee made this eye popping version!  I just love the printed denim and the red pops so well – what a fabulous combo 🙂

Dee said “It’s a great bag and was a pleasure to sew up. I especially loved the way you did the body darts, so much quicker and no issues about them not lining up together. Genius!!”

Barbara made this unique version…It has piping and an extra front slip pocket.  Also Barbara jazzed up the handle overlays so they are truly unique!

Barbara said “I particularly love the rivet embellishment on the neatly shaped bag, and the combo of two sets of handles/straps”.

Margareth made this amazing version…you may recognise the fabric she used 😉 She also used this fabric when she tested my MidSummer’s Night Traveler pattern a few months ago 😉

Margareth said ” This is a quick and simple sew, great bag!”

Kristina made this lovely feather version.  Kristina actually added a few more pockets inside so she could give it to her friend to use as a nappy (diaper) bag!

Danielle made this beautiful green version in JP fabrics.  That brown leather looks amazingly soft too…

Susie made this gorgeous version in maze and vale fabric and leather.  She added a little something to her bag…more on that a bit later in the post 😉

Susan’s version screams spring to me!

Susan said “I LOVED this pattern and will definitely make it again. I liked the slip pocket with the different sections and I also really liked the overlay for the handles with the rivets.”

Lynne made this lovely grey version. She also added a little something I’ll tell you a bit more about later on 😉

Lynne said “I thought initially it was going to be ginormous, but think it is just perfect, I rather like it just with the handles, but know it does need the adjustable strap”.

Jane made this amazingly cute version!  Those woodland animals are just divine 🙂

Jane said “This is a different style of bag than I’m used to carrying, and I absolutely love it! I love that it has two different looks depending on which handles you’re using. I think the pockets inside are amazing, and I feel like it has big bag space without feeling like you’re carrying a huge bag, if that makes sense. I want to make another one in some edgier fabrics since this version was so cute!”

Charlotte made this SUPER version 😉 I love the pop of red inside that matches perfectly with the little pops of red on the external part of the bag!

Charlotte said “I loooved this pattern, it’s just the perfect size for all the crazy things I need to carry everyday. And the fact that you can also carry it with the top folded down allows you to have two bags in one! The directions were very easy to follow and this pattern is a very quick sew! It’s nice to be able to make a bag so quickly.”

Toni made this awesome version!  I love the print she used, and just look at that amazing zip charm <3

Toni said “I think this bag is the perfect large size, with the added bonus of being able to use it for smaller loads when folded over using the adjustable strap option. Easy to follow instructions, with great feature details on the overlays to make this bag stand out in a crowd :)”

Rebecca made this wonderful version.  How great is this fabric with the cork accent?!

Rebecca said “I will definitely be making this again, I’m actually thinking of adding a large slip pocket on the other side to make it into a nappy bag for Moms’. I also wouldn’t mind making the pattern smaller and making a smaller version. It came together fast and was easy to put together”.

Maria made this beautiful version – how amazing is that fabric, just look at the textured effect!

Maria said “I love it! I want to make another one reducing the size to wear while doing errands. I think it’s the perfect pattern for a gift as you get great results for very little effort”.

Casey made this amazing Alexander Henry version, it certainly has “WOW” factor!

Casey said “I will be making this pattern again! I thought the whole pattern was well written, and flowed well. The instructions were very clear”.

Merja made this gorgeous version.  The organic feel of this fabric with the leather is just perfect 🙂

Merja said “I love the bag!! It’s a great size and I will easily find use for it. And I loved turning the bag through the pocket hole. Brilliant. Easy quick and straight forward. Also I’ve never done a slip pocket before so it’s nice that this pattern teaches this new technique to beginners. I love love love the key fob option too!”

Or you can purchase this new pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy sores 😉

Let’s have a closer look at some of the Modifications the Testers made to their versions.

Size modifications…

Barbara actually made her version at 65% (left), I’m not sure if you can tell from the photos?  Making a version at this size produced a bag approximately 11″ High and 10.5″ Width (at the base). A version of this size was small enough not do need the adjustable strap too 🙂

Danielle made her version at 90% (right). Making a version at this size produced a bag approximately 14″ High and 12.5″ Width (at the top). Again Danielle felt that the size of this bag didn’t need an adjustable strap, so she left that part off.

Other Modifications…

Both Susie (left) and Lynne (right) added a flap to the top of their bags.  You can add one to your’s too if you feel confident to do so 🙂

Both flaps have magnetic snaps to secure them in the closed position.  The magnetic snaps that are in the lining of the pattern are not necessary if you add this type of flap to your bag.

Left: You will notice that Danielle added a Recessed Zip to her bag.  If you would like to do the same you can follow this tutorial for help 😉

Middle: Mitzi changed the Adjustable Strap Connectors so that they are attached to the bag on the outside rather than sewn into the seam as the pattern states.  You could do this too, or you could even use rivets to secure them to the outside!

Right: Charlotte rounded the corners on her Handle Overlays.  This is easy to replicate if you would like to do so…cut the overlays as the pattern states and then use a rounded object to use as a template to shape the corners – see easy!

Or you can purchase this new pattern in my Etsy or Craftsy sores 😉

Oh and be sure to sign up for email list (see the easy sign up on my sidebar——->) to receive access to my new resource library!  The resource library contains free patterns, tutorials and other items that are only accessible to email subscribers 😉
Psst…I just added a free needle book tutorial in there too 😉

Happy sewing!

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