We had a really fun workshop led by Jessica at the SMQG at the beginning of January on how to make and modify your own tote bag pattern. I've made a few bags but have never tried this style of tote, so I was all in and wanted to make something fun and bright (shocking, I know!). I pulled out some of my stashed Echino birds and cherries print along with a few bright complimentary fabrics.
We had to come to the meeting with two quilted panels for the front and back along with the handle materials. Since I started pulling fabrics at - cough - 11 the night before - cough - I didn't quite get all my prep done, but no one seemed to mind.
I changed up the basic pattern just slightly by adding extra ShapeFlex interfacing to the quilted panels and the handle strip because I like my bags sturdy!
It finished up SO great and even though it was a little taller than my typical bags, this turned out perfect for toting a yoga mat around for my daughter's after school dance class.
And since I was on a roll and the instructions were fresh in my mind, I made the girls their own totes in some very stylish but cute Cotton + Steel prints. You just can't go wrong with kitties and butterflies for girls, right?
I made the same modifications with the Shapeflex but made the totes 2" shorter so that they were more square shaped than rectangular. The boxed bottoms make them perfect for toting a few books/notebooks/packs of colored pencils around and the girls are in love :)
And just in case you were wondering about the post title, here you go. Enjoy the laugh from me.