I mean, you know, how can you go on a sewing retreat without a new bag... you gotta have something to tote all your stuff around in, right?
I used Pellon SF 101 interfacing to give it more shape and firmness. This is the first time I had ever used it and I am really impressed! I see this as being a must have now. It takes regular weight quilting fabric and when makes it more the weight and feel of home dec fabric. I used in on both the lining and the outside bag. I also used it in the handles. I think you can see what a nice shape it gives the tote.
The finished tote ended up measuring 13 inches tall by 11 inches wide by 8 inches front to back. It could hold a nice amount of grocery's - which was the original intent of the pattern. Now I may use it for that......but right now I am seeing a few FQ's and who know's what else!
Here is a peak inside-- that fabric is just beautiful! I am so happy with the way it turned out!
What would I do different next time? I might lengthen the handles so that I could put it over my shoulder. The handles are cut at 21 inches but by the time they are sewn on the bag you really only have approx 16 inches and that is not enough to fit over my shoulder. But in all fairness it is a "Tote" intended originally to carry grocery's home so the handles are appropriate size for that! Also I would add a pocket on the inside. The tote does have two pockets on the outside, one on each side, but I just like a pocket on the inside also. Actually I had planned to do that but late last night as I was finishing the lining, I must have got a bit oxygen deprived and I got so excited about getting the bag together that I totally forgot!! Until this morning ;) But I still love it! If I was making it more fancy I would put a zipper pocket in, but really didn't find it necessary here.
You can purchase the pattern here. It's $6.00. And I must say, I see more of these in my future - they will make great gifts!
Speaking of future, stay tuned, there is a whole lot happening here (and a few other places ;) So stop back tomorrow for some exciting news and a chance to get in on some goodies!