So as i mentioned in a previous blog, I bought Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing book. This is another one of her projects that she calls “All-Day Tote” I’m calling it my work tote because that’s what I’ll be using this tote for. Even though I used all her dimensions, I made some modifications that will work better purpose.
The tote, after completion is approximately 14″ wide x 10″ tall and 6″ deep. I used her suggestion of choosing a thicker canvas type fabric since it will be used a lot. I decided to chose a dark pattern, and something that could go with all my work outfits. I’m a big fan of the vintage chic/ french modern country style hence the pattern you see.
What did i change?
- Lotta’s pattern had a large front side pocket for news papers etc, but I choose not to put one on since I don’t read the paper and I thought a side pocket wasn’t very practical to be honest.
- Lotta only had one side pocket for a water bottle, but I chose to have two, so i just added another one.
- I sewed an interface lining to all the panels to make it sturdier.
- and instead of folding the edges of the inside pocket in and then sewing it to the inside lining, I chose to line my inside pocket. Since my lining was black, it’s hard to see, so I also picked a different pattern so that the pocket would be more visible to me. I won’t be using this tote as a purse so it didn’t bother me that the lining pocket was visible.
Yes! the side pocket fits my thermos perfectly! I decided to add the additional pocket on the other side because it rains a lot in vancouver…so the other side will be for my small umbrella 🙂
If you look closely you’ll see my inside pocket and that it is a different patterned fabric. I also made the two sides more equal in shape because I’m not quite sure what I’ll be using them for.
One thing I wish I had done… I wish I went with my gut to make the tote a bit taller and the straps long enough to be a shoulder tote…but I have lots of left over fabric..so maybe I’ll make a matching larger tote another day!
Happy Crafting everyone!