my favorite tote

I've made a lot of spring totes, and the most recent version usually ends up being my favorite, but this tote is my favorite favorite.

Does the fabric look familiar?  A few of you asked about it in the last post - it called Night and Day  Abstract in brown and blue by Robert Kaufman.


A few updates to my basic spring tote pattern:

I added piping to the outside pockets (attached the same way as on the chevron tote).

I also added a strip of plain brown fabric along the bottom of the tote.  You know how the bottom of your bag looks a little grungy after sitting on the ground a few times?  Hopefully this helps.  Also, it looks cute.  :)

I just cut a 10" long strip of fabric the same width of the bag and centered it in the very middle of the main panel before attaching the belting straps.  Turn under the edges about a 1/4 inch and press before sewing to enclose the raw edge.  After attaching, just continue sewing the bag as usual!

I threw on some inner pockets for good measure.   It was really hard to mail this bag off to its new home in Utah!


p.s. want to see what happens when I attempt a photo shoot while the baby is awake?



I bet you didn't know I had such a grown up girl in the house.

15 comments:

April @ Sewing Novice said...

hehe...too cute of the grown up little girl. ;-) We have the same issue at our house except she is 2 but still can't stay away. :)

bethanndodd said...

Very cute! I have made SO many bags based off of your spring tote tutorial. There are endless ways to change it up...thanks for sharing :) Hope you have fun chasing after that adorable little one today!

Ellen said...

Cute little girl there! And cute bag too!

dreams on 34th street said...

Jill...
The tote is lovely...the piping details and the pockets are a plus that you don't see in many of the offerings on line...however your precious baby girl stole the post!
I am counting the days...my first granchild, a sweet girl should be arriving before the end of the month!
~Lynne
[w/l]

Misformilk said...

I have to agree- the tote bag is really nice - and exactly what I need to get to work making next! But the little girl is just ADORABLE!

p.s.phyllis sews said...

I love the brown and aqua and white together. Summerish print and yet the dirt won't show too quickly! Great job.

Cute little one, too. I am so glad I don't have to keep her in line. One smile would do me in!

Sue SA said...

ahh but she matches the bag...what a little miss fashion she must be! Happy quilting Sue SA.

Clair said...

The fabric is "brown" from the Night and Day 3 Collection

That is a super cute tote - maybe I can make that when my little one goes to Kingergarten this fall.

Ruby looks adorable - nice little tan she has going there.

Linda said...

Love the tote, but...the baby is really the best part of the photo shoot! She is a doll.

Fiorella said...

... veramente bella questa tote, cercherò di farla ... spero in un buon risultato ... ciao ciao a presto

Sally said...

Fantastic tote and I love the rose cake too.

Anonymous said...

Jill, THANK YOU FOR THE BAG! I feel so lucky to have received it! The birthday surprise was so exciting. I love the fabric, the piping detail and the inside pockets! You are fabulous! It will get lots of use this summer! AND...I can't believe how quickly your little one is growing up! She looks so much bigger even since APRIL when we saw you last!!! Thanks again! You are the best!! - Stefanie

Lil Mama Stuart said...

is it brown or black? totally hunting it down now!

maddmomma said...

I love the fact that Ruby wanted in on the photo shoot! Grandma cannot see too much of her sweeties! I love that tote, too!

Cricket said...

Wow...for just a pinch of your talent...what I would do...
Thanks for all your posts, I am a long time looker and hardly ever comment, but just wanted to let you know I have one boy and two girls and I love all your projects!!