Charley Harper Inspired Embroidered Tote, Simplicity 2685
Embroidered Tote I made from Simplicity 2685. The fabric is from IKEA. The cardinal is from a Charley Harper print, which I sketched up and hand embroidered with a combination of different fill stitches.
One of the final steps of the pattern proved to be impossible to do, I was supposed to understitch the band lining to the seam allowance but I could see not conceivable way of doing this without sewing the bag shut, so after turning it right side out I just top stitched around the top of the band and it looks great.