handpainted sidekick tote

a while back, my buddy Anna from Noodlehead asked if i’d help give her newly revamped Sidekick Tote pattern a once-over as she prepared to re-release it, which she did in late November.  i’d sewn the Sidekick Tote before and remembered really enjoying it, so i was game.  i didn’t remember the pattern having any stumbling blocks the first time, but PDF patterns have come a long way in the last couple years, so I get why Anna wanted to spruce it up a bit.  the diagrams are a little clearer, the cutting instructions and sewing directions are a little easier to follow, that sort of thing.  handpainted sidekick tote this time i thought it’d be fun to try a bit of hand painting on the fabric, inspired by another Portland crafty lady, Anna Joyce.  i’ve admired Anna’s work at various craft shows and boutiques around town.  i also follow her on instagram, where i noticed lately she’s been doing a lot of simple but graphic handpainting/stamping onto fabric, and it’s the type where i go “heeeeey i think i could do that!” so i gave it a whirl. handpainted sidekick tote for this bag, i went for the sort of messy black painted stripes, a similar look to the ones Anna Joyce does on her scarves.  i used some natural canvas duck that i got in the outdoor section of JoAnn (it’s heavy stuff – makes a very substantial bag and i didn’t even interface it!) and painted on it with black fabric paint and a sponge brush, not aiming for perfection at all and just sort of eyeballing the space between stripes.  i sewed the bag, then went back in with a pencil tip and some gold metallic paint to add delicate little dots to pretty it up a bit. handpainted sidekick tote the top of the bag is just the same canvas fabric, left unpainted. handpainted sidekick tote the lining is from carolyn friedlander’s botanics line (on sale here right now – i might have to get more because it looks awesome with everything).  i liked how the little gold dots tied in nicely with the lining, which also has gold metallic in it (so pretty in person but always hard to show in photos).  the bag hardware is also gold – i got that at fabric depot.  it’s a bit tricky to find the hardware listed in the pattern but i found a 1.5” D ring works well for the bottom of the strap.  the strap is adjustable, which is nice if you sometimes like a cross body bag and sometimes just want it to go over the shoulder. handpainted sidekick tote this is the small version of the tote with the pleated pocket option and bias tape pocket binding.  this pattern sews up relatively quickly and Anna guides you to a nice clean finish.  i’ve said it before and i’ll say it again – the woman is a genius when it comes to purse designs and patterns! handpainted sidekick tote i sent this bag off to Jess as a birthday present, which makes it the second Sidekick Tote that i’ve sent to a Jessica as a birthday present – I did it a couple years ago too!  do you know how many Jessicas there are in sewingblogland?  A LOT.

you can get your hands on the Sidekick Tote PDF pattern here.  Anna has also been working on releasing her patterns in paper and i always get excited to spot one in the wild – keep your eyes open at your local fabric shops!


33 thoughts on “handpainted sidekick tote

  1. petitapetitandfamily says:

    I love creating my own patterns and fabric painting, I really to do it again. This is beautiful! Jess is one lucky lady!

  2. Kelly says:

    That is a very cool bag my friend! I love the hand painted fabric and those little gold dots are the perfect addition!

  3. rachel says:

    Kristin, this bag is amazing! I have to tell you – I think you have a special gift for making really awesome bags. Of course, everything you make is awesome, but your bags are always in the ‘coolest bags i’ve ever seen’ category… and i’m not even that into bags. you make me want to get into bags! so that probably sounds a bit over the top, but it’s true. this bag is completely genius – from the handpainted stripes to the gold dots. i really couldn’t love it more! you should become a bag designer for anthropologie or something. 🙂

  4. jennifer says:

    WOW! The painting is PERFECTION!! I love the gold dot detail too and of course I love detail shots! I want to see it up close and personal! I want to get in the items personal space:) I agree with everything Rachel above said!

  5. Inder says:

    Oh, dang. The hand painting just MAKES it. I love it! I would not have thought to make this bag in canvas (but how easy! and it must not need much interfacing at all!) but with the painting, it’s truly special.

    • kristin says:

      yep, no interfacing! it was tricky to sew – needed a heavy needle and binding clips instead of pins in certain places (and i’m pretty sure i still poked myself a few times), but the sturdiness is worth it.

    • kristin says:

      haha you’d better use it! i won’t be offended it if gets a little dirty. you’re so welcome, girl. i’m really glad you like it and i hope you had a great birthday. 🙂

  6. lucinda says:

    I’m not typically a bag person (don’t even carry a purse) but I think I would make an exception for this one! I love, LOVE the handprinted stripes! Thanks for sharing the link to Anna Joyce – loved looking through her work. I so impressed by your creativity in trying it for yourself – I would say it was a huge success! Such a sweet birthday gift too:)

  7. Autumn M (@bohoautumn) says:

    it came out fabulous. i really enjoy the eye-balled stripes and spaces. and you were right on the gold dots.
    did you wash the canvas? i know of another blogger who washes it a few times. i’m wondering how stiff the canvas is.

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