Pattern Review: The Mini Tulip Tote!


Isn’t this bag adorable? My friend Sarah who co-authored Just For You with me has finally released her first pattern and I’m so excited for her. 

Here is my Mini Tulip Tote. I’ve had it for over a year (she took a long time to release this pattern!) and this little bag has gotten lots of use. For a while it was my designated ‘church bag’ because I love having a small purse that I can carry just a few things in.

But then I discovered that it was a perfect ‘grab and go’ camera bag. Now all of you professional photographers are going to freak out. There’s no room for extra lenses and the bag doesn’t zip up so if it tipped over, the camera would probably fall out.

BUT, I am not a professional photographer. I might take my camera out to photograph my kids at the park or the beach, but I don’t use it every day. I have a big padded camera bag, but it’s a pain to carry around and I never change lenses when I’m out anyway. I love carrying my DSLR camera in this little bag when I go somewhere. The stabilizer in this bag is By Annie’s Soft and Stable, which gives it a cushiony feel. The stabilizer is about 1/4” thick by itself, and the bag has lots of gathers for padding too.

I can even snap the magnetic snaps with my camera in the tote. 🙂

But if your camera is larger than my Nikon D4100 you might not be able to.

Anyway, Sarah’s pattern instructions are clear and concise (her no-nonsense writing style was one of the reasons I wanted to write a book with her). She even shares how to make her adorable bag pockets. Love them!

See more Mini Tulip Totes in Sarah’s blog post here. The pattern is available for purchase in the Blue Susan Makes Etsy Shop.

The giveaway has now ended. Congrats to Kristen – who gets a copy of the pattern!

Happy Sewing!

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  1. Marjory W. says:

    My favorite thing to sew is doll clothes.

  2. I enjoy wallhangings because they’re fun and I actually get them finished! Enjoy your daily posts 😍

  3. My favorite thing to see is probably Halloween costumes. It’s fun to see the finished product on my kid and of course her reaction to it.

  4. my favorite things to sew right now are clothes for my first grandbaby, a girl due in October! of course quilts, bags, and house decor are up there too!

  5. Julianne Mason says:

    My favorite thing to sew is clothes for my 4 year old Granddaughter. Its so much fun and she
    likes them. Julianne Mason

  6. Diane barry says:

    I’m a machine embroiderer and a grandmother. So I like to sew a variety of things, from totes, kids clothes, table linen, etc etc etc.

  7. Bags, wallets, zippered cases… I love them all, especially with extra pockets. The many pocket option is great. Even small bags need some organization.

  8. I love all things, I’m now in process of making an activity book for my grandsons 2nd BD. Embroidery, machine and hand, fashion, totes and small quilts are all my favorites.

  9. My favorite thing to sew is knit tops for me and quilts. I have so many tops I don’t need more, but I still look for patterns and fabric. The same is true with quilts. I love the creation of them, not sure much the actual quilting, but I am getting there too!!

  10. Quilts are my most relaxing thing to sew but I love making just about anything for friends and family. Dresses are my favourite when it comes to clothing and I recently discovered that sewing for kids is quite fun!

  11. Quilts are my sanity, but I love to make other things for my girls. From Prom Dresses to Diaper bags to clothes for my granddaughter, I just love to sew!

  12. Lately, I’m busy sewing charity baby blankets, bibs, burp cloths and pillowcases. Thanks for the giveaway, Caroline.

  13. I like to sew things for my children, whether it be clothes , quilts, things for their room, or bags.

  14. Karen Sullivan says:

    I love to sew bags!

  15. Raina DelRio says:

    I love to sew kids clothing and have recently started doing messenger bags and tote bags for the kids.

  16. I am into sewing totes and purses right now, but I have a memory quilt started on my table. I sew for the grand daughters. I just plain love to sew!

  17. I’ve sewn so many different things! At present, I love to quilt and have so much fun making costumes for adults-letting that childhood wonder and fantasy live again.

  18. Janina postma says:

    I sew a lot! Quilts,grandkids clothes,crafts,and handbags.Thanks for the chance to win this pattern.

  19. I love sewing skirts… easy to make and I don´t like to wear pants…

  20. kathy steffler says:

    bags, bags, and more bags!

  21. Carol Fraley says:

    I love sewing quilts, but I also, love to make handbags.

  22. Connie Bailey says:

    Love this bag for a quick trip out shopping. I love making bags and baby quilts.😍

  23. Sarah Clemons says:

    Loving this bag I was scrolling this morning as the kids were getting ready and it jumped of the screen at me love the shape and ruched look.

  24. Lynette Anderson says:

    Love the bag. You can never gave enough purses.

  25. What a cute bag!!! I love making totes and zip bags.

  26. I love to sew totes and purses but also like to do home dec items such as pillows, quilts, etc. I just have fun putting colors and textures together.

  27. Mary Hewitt Ihla says:

    I enjoy sewing clothes, costumes, and toys for my younger granddaughters, bags and room decor for the older ones.

  28. Totes and quilts are my favourites!!

  29. Cathy Wilson says:

    I’ve been quilting for a little over a year and am loving it! But I’ve seen some friends with really cute bags/totes they’ve made & I’m developing an itch to attempt one myself. I even bought some Soft & Stable to be ready! This pattern is adorable & I’d love to have it!

  30. Love this bag! Right now I am obsessed with sewing bags & totes but I also enjoy sewing bears and dolls and their clothes.

  31. Margo Chang says:

    This is a great bag. I’ve been making fabric bowls. But most my sewing recently has been hemming dresses for a high school choir. Not my favorite but it needed to be done.

  32. I love sewing bags of all kinds! =D

  33. Just recently have made some totes, and really love the process. This Tulip bag is so cute! Am also new to machine embroidery — ITH projects rock!

  34. Stephanie H says:

    I love sewing bags of all types.

  35. This is a beautiful bag! I like to sew small gifts, especially home decor & simple children’s toys. I am thrilled to be learning to quilt.

  36. Yoona Shin says:

    I love piecing quilt tops and I have so many PhD’s (project half-done). Recently I have been making bags because I can finish the smaller projects. I think I made over 20 bags in last 2-3 years.

  37. Sally Heise says:

    Bags and string piecing

  38. Claire Schutz says:

    I like making bags, totes or anything inbetween, mainly fairly quick projects that are attractive and useful. This bag seems to fit all of my wishes and also for a gift to a lucky person.

  39. I like to sew purses and stuffed toys and dolls. My friend has gotten me into doing cosplay costumes which is alright but I much prefer purses – so many possibilities to make them your own. Love the Tulip Bag. It’s so cute — and I already have some Annie Soft and Stable!

  40. Adorable bag! I love the pleating. My favourite thing to sew is clothing for my daughter. She has so many pretty things in her closet right now! Would love to win the pattern.

  41. Oh, and thank you for the giveaways. Now back to the costume I’m working on I have a 6:00 fitting. ; P

  42. Christina Gonzalez says:

    I love to sew bags and gifts for family.

  43. Barb Cheney says:

    Love making clothing for my grandchildren. I have also made quiet books for them on their second birthday. I’m getting ready to start the next one. Love looking at all the purses made by others. This would be a good time for me to make one for myself or as a gift.

  44. I love to sew bags and my own apparel

  45. I love to sew quilts, and for years sewed all my kids’ Halloween costumes, which was so much fun. Love the size and shape of this bag, would love to make one for myself. bini56 {at} hotmail {dot} com

  46. I love sewing children’s clothes but this is really cute! I would love to make one!

  47. I have an obsession with bags. They are just really fun. I am working on my first quilt as well and hoping to make more clothes, but bags are just fun. 🙂

  48. Tina jachetta says:

    I enjoy making bags and totes because they can be challenging but a quick sew. Also one size fits most all, no need to grade the pattern or deal with fba!

  49. Quilts, pillow cases, and handbags. You’ve inspired. I think I’ll go create one now! Thanks!

  50. Claire Ross says:

    My favourite thing to sew is clothing for me! Thanks for the giveaway.
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

  51. Beginner sewer here, I’ve sewn a couple small pouches and I am hooked! I am looking to try and sew more items, including something for my cat in the future 🙂

  52. Lyn Blackburn says:

    I love to sew bags and totes as gifts for my friends. In fact they ask me to make bags for them. Just love this tulip bag pattern.
    Lyn Blackburn

  53. I love sewing quilts and children’s clothing alike! What a cute tote.

  54. Wendy Hanlon says:

    I love making accessories, mostly bags of all sizes and shapes to be used for everything from pencil, eyeglasses, iPads and purses.
    Wendy H

  55. Most recently, I enjoyed making garments for toddlers. It’s so much fun sewing for little ones who love color and aren’t so picky! I do love this tote with all the pockets…would make a super travel bag!

    1. sorry, forgot the email: duchick at gmail dot com

  56. Quilts! But, I’ve recently started lurking around/stalking blogs for purses and bags. As soon as I get my head around making one, it’s going to happen. 🙂

  57. Simple, practical items like bins and bags that are less about being fancy and fashionable and more about getting a job done. "Library bags" aka big sturdy bags are especially my favorite.

  58. Anything with straight seams. I am way more comfortable with knitting needles than a sewing machine!

  59. Now that my children are grown I find that I enjoy sewing for myself. I prefer the styles from the late 40’s and 50’s so I use a lot of vintage patterns. It’s fun scouting around on places like Etsy looking for just the right pattern. I love this purse. Thank you for the chance.

  60. Forgot the email sorry,
    lovebirdmom at gmail dot com

  61. I am determined to learn how to make bags, but fior now I have to stick with quilts of all sizes and baby things of course. Thanks for sharing giveaway.

  62. I love making quilts.

  63. KathleenG says:

    I love making totes and am learning to make quilts.

  64. I love to make many things. Love to make totes, covered books, table runners and quilts. Probably my favorite is smaller projects and I use them for gifts.

  65. I love to make quilts. So far, I have made them for friends, family, and those in need of something to remind them that people care. I hope that when they wrap themselves up in their quilt they will remember love went into each quilt. I am finally working on a quilt for my husband and myself. It feels so rewarding to finish each quilt and know that they are as special as the person that it was made for.

  66. When I can snatch the time, I enjoy making quilts, aprons, home decorating items, totes and purses.

  67. Tote bags, accessories.

  68. Well, this a most classy bag, I love it. Lots of Pzazzz. And appears just to be the right size.

  69. Such a cute bag! Would love the pattern to this project. 🙂

  70. My favorite items to sew are tote bags and baby quilts. — soparkaveataoldotcom

  71. Sandie Major says:

    I love to sew anything new. (I love to try new projects, new patterns, use unusual fabric choices.)

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