Just like jackets, handmade bags are the best because you can wear them every single day and no one is like why do you keep wearing the same thing?! I love carrying a handmade tote bag and enamel pins are a fun way to accessorize those totes! I’ve been swooning over the Klum House patterns and decided to jump into one of the kits I ordered and sewed up the Portsmith Tote.
The Pattern + The Maker Kit
Klum House patterns are popping up everywhere I look – and there’s a great reason for them. The Portsmith Tote is so similar to many ready to wear styles I’ve seen at Madewell and other places. The tote is a everyday tote bag with really fun envelope corners, metal hardware and leather straps.
I used a kit that I purchased from Klum House. The kits are pretty expensive – this one was $90, but let me tell you, it’s worth it. The fabric all comes pre-cut with all markings already marked. The hardware is included along with the pattern with links to video tutorials. I made the bag in an hour because it was just so easy to put together. I’ve also made the McKenna Tote bag and carry that to work every single day. I’m a big fan of their kits – the price tag is totally worth it in quality.
The waxed canvas that comes with the tote gives such an awesome look to the bag. It shows wear and tear which is part of its allure and makes it really look high quality ready to wear. My version is the Olive + Black option with black handles.
Thanks, I Made It!
I love enamel pins so much. When Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics reached out to me about their new “Thanks, I Made It!” pin I knew I’d have to sew up a tote to pin it to. The pin is so cute and I squealed when I opened the envelope with it. It’s glittery and so perfect for our handmade garments and accessories.
I love when people compliment something I’ve made and I always respond with such pride “Thanks, I Made It!” so it is so fun to add that mantra right onto my tote bag. Plus, the look on people’s faces when you tell them you made it is just priceless!
What’s your favorite “me made” accessory?
Stone Mountain and Daughter Fabrics kindly gifted me the “Thanks, I Made It!” pin, but all other materials for this post were purchase by me. As always, the opinions are my own!
Karen McGunagle says
I ordered the Portsmouth tote kit today! I am starting with another tote for my first project.