16 August 2011

Tote 4 Me


I really wanted a new purse. My old one really needed a wash, and there were a few things that really bugged me about it.  I have been eyeing Anna's 241 Tote for a while, and finally bought my pattern and made one. I actually made it before we moved, but like many things, I forgot to blog about it!
Here it is from the back:


My sister-in-law gave me the fun polka dot twill fabric.  It matched some left over chambray I had from Dolly's skirt.  The teal came from a giveaway I won. I think they work well together!  The lining is a light blue Kona cotton.  I already had the zippers, snap, and findings on hand.  I added two snap clips into seams.  The first in an outer pocket to hang onto my keys.


The second I tucked just inside the strap to hang onto my cell phone cozy.


I did add some reinforcement in the lining where the magnetic snap would go. On my last purse attempt, the fabric puckered around the snap, and it really annoyed me. I actually interfaced a piece of fabric, and then stitched it in place.


I also made a small pocket to hold business cards.  Here is the cell phone cozy.  I used my tutorial HERE.  For some reason, this did not come together easily at all.  I think I picked it out and resewed it at least twice.



I really loved Anna's pattern.  My favorite part?  The strap doesn't slide off my shoulder.  I have funky shoulders where everything slides off, including my bra strap.   Bottom line, if you're in the market for a great purse/tote pattern, try Anna's.  Sometimes you need to get in a little selfish sewing.

Sharing with Creation CornerJust a GirlFreckled Laundry, and KoJoDesigns.

15 happy thoughts:

Vanessa said...

Great job! All those pockets will definitely come in handy. I must have shoulders just like yours, lol! I fight the same battle.

Tasha said...

Adore. Seriously, adore.

Amy C said...

Very cute! I love the polka dots. What a great idea to put those clip things on so you don't loose your keys. Where did you find them?

Impera_Magna said...

Very cool tote... love that polka dot fabric... and the extras: hooks, pockets, snaps...

Michele Pacey said...

Your bag is so lovely and has all the bells and whistles doesn't it? I could use one of those no slippy shoulder straps too. I must have funky shoulders as well, ha ha!

Marjorie said...

Very cute!

freckled laundry said...

Very cute, Chris! I have funky purse shoulders too.

Erin said...

i love the polka dot fabric!!

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

Such a professional looking bag. Great job on this Chris. I really like the fabric combination, very striking. Enjoy your bag!

celeste said...

love the zipper detail!

Amanda said...

The tote is fantastic, love the addition of a phone case and the added pockets! Great choice in fabrics too!

Maria said...

I love it! What a great fabric selection.

Katy said...

I've seen this pattern before & you did a great job. I love the combination of fabrics & your additions are so smart. Thanks for sharing.

katy @ redBuddy notes

Anna said...

seriously chris, you're too kind! and those fabrics = perfect! I love them. so glad you're enjoying your new bag. :)

Gwen @ Gwenny Penny said...

Looks great, Chris! I use my 241 every single day... I love it! I love those polka dots :)

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