Thursday, January 9, 2014

Not A Market Tote

So, my problem has been solved. I was concerned about not having even weight distribution across my shoulders with just the Weekender Bag. I was going to make a matching Market Tote to even things out, but I was swooned by a tote pattern with fabric dividers and tabs.


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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  1. Katie, I love everything about those bags! Beautiful! Fabric selection is fantastic! Can you include a link back to TGIFF! so your readers can find us too? Thanks! :)

    1. Thank you so much. You are FAST on checking the link back! Done! Have a lovely day, and thank you for hosting the linkup.

  2. This is just lovely! And now I need to go buy that book ;-)

  3. super cute set of bags! I love that they are matching and that cute little red haired girl. : )

  4. This is so adorable! I love both bags, squee! :)

  5. Love the dividers in the bag! How wonderful!

  6. Isn't it fun making things for ourselves and our kiddos?! Nice added touch of the dividers:)

  7. I love!! And those labeled dividers are such a great idea! I may have to give this a go. I haven't tried to make a bag yet, but yours is so very cute I think it might be the push I need :-)

    1. Thank you! Bags are so much fun to make. Before you know it, you'll have 20 bags in your closet! :) That's not such a terrible thing. Happy to help push you in the right direction! Have a lovely day.

  8. Oh!
    What a lovely bag!
    Bags are really fun to make, and it's so interesting how different a bag can be made out of the same pattern :)

  9. These bags are lovely! I found your blog via Sew Mama Sew and will visit again.

  10. this set is absolutely perfect!


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