After my success with the hoop bags a couple of weeks ago, I decided to try some more sewing projects during my week off. I need a new tote bag for the summer, so I did a little digging online and found a really cute, easy pattern for a small bag. Figuring this was good practice, I gave it a go:
Fabrics: Daydream by Cyndi Walker for Riley Blake for the main bag and pocket, Full Moon Polka Dots by Amy Butler for the strap
This is the Poochie Bag from The Happy Zombie. It’s fat quarter friendly, so if you have three fat quarters laying around, you have enough fabric to make yourself this sweet little lunch-sized tote. Or how fabulous would this be as a gift bag?
The pattern is incredibly easy to follow, even to a not-too-advanced sewer like me. Cutting the pieces took longer than sewing; I had to really stop and envision how to cut both the pocket pieces and the main pieces from one fat quarter (plus, one of my fat quarter was a little on the skinny side, which didn’t help). But once that was figured out, the sewing went fairly quickly.
Now that I have the basics down, I’m going to try to upscale the pattern to make a larger tote, and add a layer of interfacing to make it more sturdy. If it works, I’ll let you know.
In the meantime, I love my wee little lunch tote!
Do you have a go-to tote bag pattern that you love? Care to share in the comments?
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