Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Traveller's Tote

A wonderful friend who loves to travel just celebrated a milestone birthday and I had the perfect fabric to make her a gift. If you've been following along here for any length of time, you already know that I make a ton of bags. There are many great patterns available on the web and I've tried lots of them (Anna's are my favourite).  I designed and made myself a tote for my trip to Toronto last June  and I ended up using it as my purse all summer.  I wanted something uncomplicated, quick to make and I wanted to rivet leather straps to the bag after having so much fun with leather projects from Krista's book Beyond Cotton.  It was just perfect for me and luckily I sketched out the dimensions and made note of the pattern-piece sizes when I made it so that I could recreate it for my friend.

Tote by Poppyprint

It's a basic, generous tote bag with all of my favourite features learned by making so many different bags: gusseted bottom corners, an external zip pocket, interior slot pocket, key fob and veg-dyed leather straps (that will darken naturally as the leather gets a tan). The top cotton/linen canvas is by Rifle Paper Co. for Cotton & Steel and the bottom portion is waxed sailcloth purchased from Drygoods Design in Seattle (I haven't found a local source).

Tote by Poppyprint
I love to line my pockets with a fun surprise fabric; in this case Lizzy House mini charm bracelets.

Tote by Poppyprint
The key fob sits right above the slot pocket, so keys can rest in the pocket and not pull down on the top of the tote. There's also a magnetic snap closure at the top of the bag.

Tote by Poppyprint
I buy my leather locally at Lonsdale Leather in Vancouver. 

Tote by Poppyprint
Here's the 'back' side.

I lined the cotton canvas and lining fabric with lightweight woven fusible interfacing. You can't iron on the waxed sailcloth, so there's no interfacing on the back of it. I like a floppier tote, so this amount of interfacing is perfect for me. The waxed canvas is easy to wipe clean and is very durable.

I'll definitely return to this design. I certainly have enough cotton/linen/canvas fabric that is perfect for bags!


Karen said...

What an amazing bag--right down to a key fob that doesn't drag down the top WOW! And what a lucky friend :)

Anne said...

Lovely! the fabric choice is fantastic!

SarahZ said...

How much fun to make such a beautiful bag for a wonderful friend! It looks so well done!!

Michelle said...

I love it! Makes me want to run to my sewing room and make another bag. <3

Brenda said...

looks great! I'm considering waxing some canvas from my VW van to make bags. We changed the tent after 30 years and there's lots of usuable fabric left in the old tent.

Aliceart said...

What a thoughtful gift, so many nice features! Wonderful bag!

Dianne said...

Fabulous! And the fact that the recipient loves it makes the giving all the more fun!!

Leanne said...

It's just perfect, a fantastic gift.

Sandi said...

The recipient was thrilled on Instagram! It seemed to reach her quickly. Beautifully done!