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Chiquito Bag

Ahh! the Chiquito Bag!

The Chiquito Bag is my first published Pdf pattern, and I already owe it so much. I’ll just let my clients talk about it themselves:

Loved it! Fun sewing, cute pattern and great instructions. I had a question about the zipper insertion and they responded super quickly on instagram with how to do it. I added a lining so that the ironed on interfacing wouldn’t be visible and it was also very easy. Going to make another one for my mom and then ill insert the zip the right way!!

Charlotte, Etsy client

Great pattern! very easy to follow, bag turned out very nice,I fully recommended 👍

Sirikanda, Etsy client

Or maybe some #chiquitohandbags favorites:

Here’s a little gallery of some of the features of the Chiquito Bag:

Chiquito Bag

PDF Sewing Pattern

The Chiquito Bag is a versatile and functional piece that has a pocket on both fronts and a closure zip on the top. Two handles and a removable shoulder strap.
Approx. Size
8.5″W x 4.5″D x 7.5″H [22cm x 12cm x 19cm]

The Chiquito Bag will look its best in a medium to heavy weight fabrics such as linen, canvas, linen-wool blends, velvet, denim or wool.

Fabric usage: To make this style you’ll need 0,70 cm or enough fabric to cut all the pieces

After purchasing, you’ll be able to download 4 files: PDF sewing guide, pattern in A4 size, letter size 8.5″ x 11″ or A3 size.

Beginner friendly

Hey! thank you for taking the time to read!

BTW, if you ever decide to make a Chiquito Bag for yourself, please share your Atelier Circulaire sewing project with our community on Instagram @ateliercirculaire by tagging #ChiquitoHandBag

(sort of ) How to make a knitted/crocheted Tote Bag

So I finally finished this cutie. I say finally because this little nut was tough to crack. I actually didn’t do a tutorial for you because it was me who needed some help. I’m a self-taught seamstress, knitter and crocheter. Therefore, I’m always learning new stuff too. So when I need help, I look for it. Today, instead of giving you a step by step guide, I’m going to narrate the process of making this crocheted Tote Bag. I hope you like it as much as I do.

Although, like I said, it wasn’t easy to assemble this knitted/crocheted tote bag, knitting the pieces that compose it was a little walk in the park (I really love knitting) ー Finishing details were the hard tasks. But hey, let’s do this!


Phil Creativ’ in noir and sable, from Phildar

Here in Versallles the shops opened Saturday before May 11. When I found out I (almost) ran to the Phildar store because I had this project in mind for a few days already. I was hoping to find the right yarn for it. Luckily I did. I bought the Phil Creativ’. I wanted to use this yarn not only because it is beautiful but also for practical purposes, it is thick, therefore it is faster to knit. When the knit is tight it creates sort of a chunky structured weave perfect for a pouch like this.

When knitting with Phil Creativ’ you’re supposed to use 10mm needles, but I chose to use 7mm needles as, like I said, I wanted to obtain a thick and firm weave with almost no visible gaps.

Note: Phildar states in the product description “This thread comes from the recycling of T-shirts. They are collected and cut into strips and then put into balls. ” I do not think this is totally true because the yarn is quite even, but they speak of rolls of discarded T-shirt fabric, I hope.

Knitted pieces

Bottom and sides piece: one-piece woven in two colors knitting a garter stitch.

Construction: Start by casting 24 stitches, desired width 22cm ( 8 1/2″). Knit first 20cm (8″) in sable, then 13cm (5 1/2″) in noir then again 20cm (8″) in sable.

Bag front pieces: knit a moss stitch

Construction: Start by casting 18 stitches, desired width 20cm ( 8″). Knit up to 20cm (8″) then add a single crochet border on both sides and bottom of the piece

bottom and sides piece
bag front piece

Bag handles: to creates the bag’s handles you crochet a simple cord a.k.a. romanian cord. make them 40cm (16″) long


Instead of assembling pieces edge to edge, assemble one over the other.

Use the space between each point of the single border to make the stitches.

Once you have assembled every piece together add the bag handles. Grab one of the cord you made and:

a.) Tuck it into the fabric, at an equidistant point near one of the corners of the front of the bag. Make several stitches inside, to fix the piece.

b.) Then make a few stitches on the inside, to fix the handle to the front of the bag

Repeat with the three other ends of the crocheted handle

You may line the bag with a super cute fabric, I haven’t done it, but I will.

Thank you for following along!

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How to make your summer sandals (video)

I’ve been planning to make this project for a while now. To tell you the truth, I postponed it a long time. I think I was afraid I had idealized too much (I think I’ve said this before) , as if I made it, it might not be as good as I thought it would. Well, I was wrong.

I think my #memade summer sandals look fantastic and I also think they look super sexy ー when it comes to shoes, for me, the “sexy” adjective should always be applicable

This last statement about shoes’ sexiness brings me back to the beginning of this project because, making this sandals, did take me a bit of iteration before arriving to the final result. I’ll let some of my Instagram highlights speak for me first:

Since I had espadrilles soles, I did try to make the classic espadrilles, but gladly, I didn’t find a solution because to be honest, I’m not a fan.

Then I tried to make a sort of ballerinas, like those beautiful shoes Japanese ladies show of in their beautiful IG accounts…. well that went really wrong. My soles were a bit bigger than my feet and they didn’t stay in place.

So I finally decided to get real and put functionality into play. What better way to make something stay in place than to tie it or to use some kind of piece, like a button? ー I decided to go for the tie it option, clean and simple

Thenceforward, it all went swell so I’ll let my sewing video speak the rest for me:

I adapted the Prym espadrilles pattern for you work on. You can download the printable pattern here:

Did you make this sandals? Tag @ateliercirculaire on Instagram and hashtag it #ateliercirculaireproject so we can see all the beauty