A few weeks ago I wrote my first sewing/craft blog about the tablecloth I made. I mentioned in the post that I had also gotten a pattern for a tote bag and that I would be posting about it soon… well I finally finished the bag last weekend!
I’ve been looking for a tote like this for a long time but either didn’t want to spend the money or I couldn’t find one that I liked enough – but I love this one! I found all my fabric online and had it shipped to my house, which seemed to take forever! It came at the end of last week which was perfect because Jesse spent the whole weekend studying for his tests this week. The weather actually felt like Fall so it was a perfect weekend to be cooped up indoors with a fun sewing project. I set up my sewing station on our dining room table and then angled our TV towards it so I could watch movies and sew.
I found these 3 fabrics online and loved how they coordinated – I wasn’t sure how well it would look once I got them in the mail but went for it anyways and was really happy with how well they really looked together.
I haven’t done hardly any sewing in several years so I knew this would take me a little longer than the average expert sewer. Also, I didn’t want to mess up all the expensive material I bought so I made sure to go over each step slowly. I ended up Facetiming with my mom several times so that she could double check steps for me.
I was so happy with how it turned out!
I love the fabric I chose for the inside liner and I love that there are two large pockets – one of which could have been sewn in half but I left large.
There’s a layer of fleece between the outside and inside fabrics and lots of interfacing to help make the whole bag sturdier.
Here’s a better idea of how large it is. It’s the perfect size of tote to use as a travel bag – which will come in handy this winter when I travel back home a few times.
At the end of the pattern there were two steps that I chose to skip over because I didn’t know how to do them without some help. One of the steps would have made the bottom of the bag slightly more rounded and a little less square like, but I still like how I made it and can actually still go back and do that step if I decide too.
Here’s another look at the inside… I love the print I used for the handles with the little birds – I ended up slightly changing the pattern (on accident at first then on purpose) because I didn’t want any of the birds to be upside down on the bag! I also like the idea of adding a large button or snap for the top of the bag to help keep it together.
I can’t wait to make another bag soon, because no girl can ever have too many totes! I’d even like to see if there’s a way I can change the size of the pattern so I can make a smaller bag.
You can find the pattern for this bag from Amy Butler.