Maker’s Tote

I find all sorts of neat things on Pinterest, and the pattern for this bag was one of them:

Maker's Tote by Ronda Cassens

I normally don’t buy patterns since there are so many free ones out there, but I just had to have this one.  It is called “Maker’s Tote” and it is by NoodleHead, and you can purchase the pattern here.  It comes in two sizes, and this is the smaller one.  I made it with fabric that I bought from my local quilt store, Rossville Quilts, called Mon Ami by Basic Grey.  Here is a picture of the inside:

Maker's Tote by Ronda CassensAnd here is the back:

Maker's Tote by Ronda Cassens

I love that it has lots of pockets and a zipper to keep everything inside.  To make the bag stand up, I used Bosal In-R-Form Plus, which is fusible on both sides.  It worked really well; I didn’t have to baste anything, which is a real time-saver.  I have used Soft and Stable in other projects, but this seems to be much nicer and it is a lot cheaper, which is a great combination!  Now I have a cute bag to stuff my projects in when I am on the go!

Beach Bag

For our cruise, I also made a beach bag to haul our towels and sunscreen.  The pattern was pretty easy to make, except I thought way too hard on which way to cut the fabric to make the stripes go the right way and ended up with horizontal stripes instead of vertical stripes.  I also didn’t have enough fabric left to make the pocket the same size as the pattern since I cut it the wrong way.  It still came out nice, though:

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It easily held two beach towels with room to spare.  I added a strap to the inside with a clip attached for things that I didn’t want to get lost in the bottom of the bag, and it worked well for my sunglasses case.  The pattern came from Elle Apparel, and to make your own, click here.

I don’t have an action shot for the bag, but here I am at the beach in Roatan, Honduras.  The beach was like something from a post card: perfect teal blue water, rows of palm trees, and pure white sand.  It was really beautiful!

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