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A New Sew Much Ado Tote Bag

2013 December 4

Oh how I wish this bag was mine! But, at least I know it has a good home. My sister-in-law mentioned that she liked my tote bag back in the summer. So I thought I would make her one for her birthday.

The randomness of choosing the fabrics myself didn’t sit well with me. I’m always nervous to choose something for someone because of the amount of work that goes into making it. I think if it was a less “visible” gift (ie. Not used outdoors with actual people around!) I would have not had so much trouble. Since she was/is hopefully going to be able to use it a lot I sent her a few fabric options within her colour choices of gray and turquoise.

I’m so glad she chose these – they are gorgeous! I may have “accidentally” ordered a 1/2 metre too much in the gray pinwheels… That said, the turquoise houndstooth is hands-down my favorite. Here’s a close up shot of the print – it is actually made up of tiny lines so it looks woven.

As I was making this one I started to regret using the white thread, since it showed a lot in the top-stitching, I had to be super-careful to make sure I was sewing straight! Thankfully when I was done I loved the effect! I don’t think it would look nearly so stylish without the contrasting thread. I also really like the solid base and outer pockets. It is a lot less busy than the previous bags I made. I think if I make another one I will do the same thing. I switched up the pockets on this one as well, and added elastic only at the ends. I use the end pockets on mine for holding the kids’ water bottles. I also added a magnetic closure to the front instead of Velcro – which makes it look a lot more professional.

The pattern for the tote is one that I made using Abby from Sew Much Ado’s Diaper Bag tutorial. I love her design and added a coloured base and some outer pockets to it. So far I’ve made 4 of these and each one has gotten a ton of use.  Abby kindly allowed me to post my changes to her bag. You can find the instructions for the tote here, complete with cutting layouts and yardage.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite tote-worthy fabric? How about a favorite tote pattern? I’d love to hear what you think! (Oh, and if you need a Christmas gift idea – this is a good one!)

Fabric Notes: Free Spirit Designer Solid in Manatee, Mama Said Sew Pinwheel in Cream/Mist, Avignon Houndstooth in Blue all from Fabric Spot

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