Tilda Hometown Blithe Bucket Bag

Feb 2023

Gorgeous greens feature in this version of the Blithe Bucket Bag in the new Tilda Hometown

Homemade with Hometown

The honour of sewing with beautiful fabric is never lost on me, and today I’m delighted to share with you the Blithe Bucket bag I’ve made with the new Tilda Hometown collection.

This collection features 4 main colours – reds, blues, greens, & purples. I’m always in awe of how Tilda puts these colours together, as the overall effect is just so tasteful. The elegant ladies in this collection are also happy and whimsical, and I love the chance to play with a large print for a change.

It’s clear that this Tilda collection has a big place in the designer’s heart. The events of the last couple of years have brought many things back into perspective, and how precious our homes is right as the top.  

In Tone’s own words:

That sense of belonging, feeling comfortable, feeling loved is so special.

So, it just seems fitting to be able to sew a bag that’s designed to hold handmade WIPs, with fabric that is themed on home, community, and a sense of belonging. I can’t think of anything sweeter than fabric that’s already nostalgic!

So here she is in all her Tilda glory. This bag has everything - it's roomy and has plenty of extra storage with a rear pocket. The flap makes it really cool! And the front has a unique window front and centre, that you can use to feature applique or a favourite fussy cut.

Try Easy Cathedral Windows

Now I want to preach Easy Cathedral Windows from the housetops - If you've never tried this easy method of creating a cathedral window, what are you waiting for?!

This method uses way less fabric and is way less involved.

You can watch me create this here:

Best of all, once this window is complete, if you don't know the secret of putting it together, you can't work it out! You look just sooo clever, and only you know how easy it really was to make!

What Fabric, Where

When looking at all these fabrics, I settled on the calming greens for the palette of this bag. I do love my warm colours, but sometimes I’m drawn to my very original love of blue and green from when I was a teenager.

I wanted to keep the amount of prints in this bag to a minimum, so there’s just 4 used here in total – with 3 on the exterior and one for the lining.

Here’s the run down of what’s used where here:

Exterior Fabric – Elanora Teal

Contrast – Border, handles, casings – Medium green dots

Binding & Front fussy cut – Friendly Gathering Teal

Lining – Applegarden Pine

The main fabric for this bag is Eleanora Teal, an elegant botanical print with hints of pink. There’s so much to discover in this print and I love fabric that draws your eye and make you explore the details.

I was so excited to feature the darling ladies in this large print for the fussy cut window, and then I decided to see how this print would look as the binding fabric too – I’ve rarely sewn with a large print for binding as I love to see how cute tiny florals look. But in this case I think it just works.

I’ve used the medium green dots from the coordinates collection, and I love how this contrasts with the busier print. The hint of lime really pops on those handles and top casings too.

And lastly, you can see a glimpse of the lining fabric which is on the back side of the pocket, flap, and inside the bag.

I added this fabric on the handles for a bit of extra detail, and that not just cosmetic either! This adds even more stiffness to the handles, making them even easier to grab.

I chose antique brass snaps and rivets to match. I just love the addition of rivets on the stress points of the bag – they add a bit of extra class and functionality at the same time!

Three Tilda Bags

It’s quite elating to see all three of the bags I’ve made Tilda side by side.

Tilda was the inspiration for this whole design in the first place. I pulled the colours from the main Chic Escape print out for the front of the applique window, and I when it was done I was just in love.

Each bag takes on a personality of its own in different prints and colourways, and I love to watch that happen.

And now, Blithe Buckets are starting to appear on Social media, and I couldn’t be more excited to see what you’re making!

I love to see you enjoying the process of slowing down and creating something unique with your own two hands.

Sewing is nourishing, it calms you, gives you a goal to work towards, and whisks you away from the rush of life and into the solace of your own space.

I call it 'Sew more, stress less.'

And I hope you can :).

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