Monday, February 1, 2010

eco market tote

Before our little trip to the desert, I managed to whip up an extra bag for myself. I've had this pattern for nearly two years (!) and finally managed to get around to sewing it up. I'm so glad I did because this is a great bag. I love a handmade bag, as you may have noticed, and I've been especially wanting a large and roomy one for beach trips and overnight. This really fits the bill. The pattern itself was easy to work with. It's a very simple design with a large panel that forms the bottom and sides--thus making the bag extra roomy. My only complaint is that even in home-dec weight fabric, the bag is loose and floppy. Next time, I'll try adding interfacing or batting. Otherwise, it is perfect.
I used an old sheet for the lining--so cheery. By the way, I was originally inspired to buy the pattern when I saw Lina's version of the bag. Go check it out--it's really cute.

16 comments:

Nicole Spring said...

LOve that bag!! And I so love the walls you photographed it against. Are those your curtains I see too?

Mary Beth said...

Yes--studio curtains. Just panels of Ikea fabric, really.

hanna said...

Great bag, love the fabric - and the cute clouds on the inside!

Rain said...

I love it. Your shoes are pretty cute too!

Abi said...

So cute! I love the clouds! I just posted a bag on my blog today too which I ended up putting batting in to give it some umph. But, I think I would have preferred interfacing.

Joy said...

I love how your bag matches your shoes. Adorable!

Jennifer said...

What a great bag, and so nice that it's huge.
theprairiegirl.com

Kelly and Kelly said...

love it!!

melissa s. said...

love the bag...and the color coordinated pic!! :-)

Tonya said...

Super cute! Nice work. I actually like my bags a little on the floppier side.

Lina said...

It looks fab Mary Beth. Such fresh colours and what a great memory you have! You might be interested to know that I still use mine on weekly basis for trips to the pool etc and it's wearing so well. In fact I think you have inspired me to make another one!

Kelli said...

you sew the best things, just whip it up. so funny, cuz I could never just whip it up.

Lain said...

I did a round-up of my five fave blogs on my own blog today... take a look. You might see a familiar face!!!

http://knitandpurlgrrl.blogs.com/five_things/2010/02/5-blogs-i-love.html

life is a journy said...

Hi! I just saw your post and love your blog Name! It grabs me everytime I read it,-especially now...pms... I wish I could just whip up things too. Soon I will because I want to take a sewing class. -Erica

http://monarchmontessoricafe.blogspot.com/

ekcelliott said...

Those SHOES! I'm in love with the bag, obviously, but those shoes are to die for! May I ask where you found them?

Mary Beth said...

ekcelliott--they're from the Gap! (About a year ago . . .)