I’m a huge fan of Anna Graham of Noodlehead fame and the more I sew her patterns the more I appreciate how amazing she is at putting bags and other items together. (She has a new book out too that I just got my hands on and I can’t wait to start some projects in there!) I pinned this free tote pattern a while back and after being gifted with a huge bag of awesome fabric I grabbed some and finally got started on it.
The pattern says it is for experienced intermediate and that’s probably true. There were a few ordinary bag making tasks included, but there were a few things that were new to me – the zipper pocket for one! I have to admit that I was a little frustrated by some of the photos for the directions. I guess I’m just used to seeing right side v. wrong side of fabrics with a shaded and unshaded area. This one wasn’t like that so I had to think hard on a few steps to make sure I was placing pieces in the right spots. The written directions do compensate for some of the illustrations.
I realized sewing this that it’s been a super long time since I’ve done anything with piping and boy do I need to work on those skills. I used commercial piping I had left in my stash (the pattern shows how to make your own) and it took me at least 3 tries to get it close enough to the edge.
But despite all the small hiccups I totally love this bag. I made the smaller version and it’s a perfect size for me.