Pattern Sharing, Revisited

On 9/11/10, I posted a pattern for the Classic Tote…it finally came to fruition.  I used fabric that I had on hand — a plum colored home decor cotton.  It has more weight/structure to it than a quilting fabric or calico so it will (hopefully) hold up a little bit better to every day wear and tear.

I was surprised at how big and roomy the bag is when completed.  This would work perfectly as a beach tote, a library book carrier or a simple overnight bag.

The bottom has nice gussets in it, so it gives the bag a little big of structure and shape.  This fabric isn’t stiff enough on its own to let the bag “stand” but that’s not a huge deal in my opinion.  You could always add interfacing if you wanted it more rigid.

Overall though, I was really pleased.  Start to finish I was done within two hours and that included time outs to work on play-doh projects with the small one.  I might try to make one a little smaller and see how I like it versus this size.  Definitely a project to keep in mind for the future!

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