I ended up making the Kid's Book Bag from the new book "Playful, Little Paper-Pieced Projects". This pattern is by Laura Jane Taylor. I was afraid that since it is for kids, that this bag might be small for me. At 14" by 17", it is just the right size for me. There are so many other cute patterns in this book. I love the paper clips from the original pattern, but I really wanted a tote to match my already made Weekender. So I changed the pattern front a bit, but stuck to the pattern measurements.
I used some of my favorite fabrics. Look at the typewriters and newspaper prints. Squeal! For the divider tabs, I stamped "READ", "Quilt", and "Sew". Double Squeal! This is so perfect for storing papers and magazines.
It matches perfectly with the Weekender Bag. Now both shoulders will be happy, and I will not be walking lopsided! Whew...what a RELIEF!
When I make another one of these cuties (I'm sure it will be soon), I will add more structure to it with heavier interfacing. It's a bit floppy. I would also love to make another one for Ginger #1 to carry her papers and homework back and forth to school. She doesn't carry books yet so a backpack is not appropriate for her. She brings home a lot of paperwork and artwork. Papers are always flying in our car on the drive home. I think I would make the bag a tad smaller for her and not add heavier interfacing, though, keeping it as light as possible.
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