Yesterday I decided I needed a big tote as my daughter and I are going on a little trip in April. I didn’t use a pattern and took photos of all the steps as I made it but……this isn’t a perfect tote….yet.
Notice the ornamental grasses in the background?? Hopefully I will get those all cut today as the temperature is supposed to get in the 60s. We took all the photos this morning and believe me….it wasn’t warm yet.
I used 2 Ellie Ann by Eleanor Burns charm packs for the outside of the tote and some cute polka dot fabric for the inside. I’m not sure when I bought the fabric but I’m sure glad I had two as one wasn’t enough. I’m pretty sure these came from Missouri Star Quilt Co as one of their daily deals.
I wanted plenty of pockets, you can see 3 on this side.
I also wanted a section with a zipper.
My straps ended up being a little bit too long….sigh……I seem to do this every time I experiment with a tote. If you look carefully you can see that I just folded the strap, sewed and got rid of the extra length. The straps are narrower than I would have liked but – I wanted to work with the charm pack which I cut into 2 1/2 x 5 inch pieces. I put a heavy duty interfacing inside so the strap is very sturdy.
The tote is nice and wide and I can fit a lot into it!
So are you wondering just how big this tote really is?????? Builder Bob took a couple photos for you, it was a little too bright and the tote color is washed out a bit……opps…..forgot to put shoes on….
Here is one in the shade.
I like my new tote and hopefully my daughter won’t swipe it from me. I think I need to make it about 3 or 4 more times and iron out the mistakes I made before sharing it.
Wow!! I went back through my posts for the last BIG tote I made (that my daughter swiped) and here it is. I have really changed a lot in 2 years!! I had plans for a tutorial for that tote too……
Can you imagine how much fabric, books and goodies I could fit in this!