August Stitch Along Challenge Week 5 part 2
As promised, I'm back with the second part of my challenge story... adding the final touches to my tote. I finished off my tote so it is now all complete. Let's see what I did. If you missed the binding (part 1) you'll find it here: August Stitch Along Finishing up part 1
First I thought I'd better set to and stitch on those rose buds. I almost forgot so figured I should get them on before I do. I hand stitched them into the bouquet. Can you see them?
The next thing I wanted to do was add something for the ribbon tab to hook over which will hold the tote closed. I decided on a large black and pink bead. I also stitched this on by hand adding a smaller bead at one end to secure the thread as I only wanted to stitch the bead at one opening and leave it hanging.
Now the ribbon tab fits nicely over it without slipping off. I left a little bit of slack to give room for the gift to go inside :)
I decided to make this tote like a lunch bag, where the sides fold into the top. To do that, I need something to hold them in, but not permanently. It needs to be adjustable so the tote can open and close. I thought about just adding some velcro dots, but that seemed too easy and not very decorative so I decided to add some more ribbon.
I cut two short lengths of ribbon (about 10" long) and tapered the ends to help prevent fraying.
I folded each ribbon in half to find the center and then stitched them to each front corner just below the binding through that center point.
I didn't have enough of that ribbon to add two more to the back corners so I attached some gold rings instead.
I'll use the rings to thread the ribbon through....
...and then tie a bow.
One last thing to do. My party tab. I trimmed this down a bit and punched a hole at the top.
Now I can write on it as a gift card and thread the ribbon through the hole before tying the bow.
Here's my finished tote.
I have just the perfect gift to pop inside and give to a special little girl who I'm sure will have fun with it.