Today Janelle from Emmaline Bags released her pattern Totes Ma Tote Bag.
I have been waiting for this day to finally show you my version, since I had the pleasure of testing the pattern some time ago.
As you can see this pattern provides a good "blank canvas" to use any nice print fabric or patchwork. I used this canvas fabric from Premier Prints Hooty Owls Village. You might recall it from my January Bag. This was a great opportunity to use it again since the owls are big and need a good space to be displayed. The accent side strips were done with some leftover from the same fabric collection: Premier Prints Zig Zag Village Rust.
The pattern feature some straps with buckles, attached through oval grommets. I didn't have the oval grommets and living here in an island it takes quite a bit of time to get them. So I took the opportunity to use my leather again. I cut the straps 1-1/2" wide and used rivets to attach them to the Tote. As I told Janelle I love using canvas and leather together anyway.
The Tote closes with a recessed zipper. Inside it has some great big pockets. The zippered one for stuff you want to keep out of immediate sight or secured. One of the slip pocket has a tab that closes with a magnetic snap. This one is very convenient for your tablet or other electronic gadget. Then you have another slip pocket that is divided in two sections, maybe for keys or other smaller items. So there are plenty of pockets for all kind of uses.
Here you can see I even added a leather tab to the main closure zipper. !!
For interfacing I used Pellon SF101 Woven Fusible Interfacing, Thermolam Plus and some Peltex on the bottom. I also used some bottom feet.
This pattern is very easy to follow. There are many pictures with the instructions so that you can make your Tote with no trouble. Go check Janelle's blog: here to see other tester's Totes. There are all really great, for sure.
Be sure to check back soon when I'll show you a new backpack and a little gift I gave myself!!