By the time this post goes up I’ll be somewhere over the Atlantic Ocean on my way home and this little tote bag is safely stowed away in my checked in luggage in the depths of the plane. Last year when I went home I brought my mam over the quilt I’d made her and I was blown away with how much she loved it and how much she appreciated a handmade gift. This year I wanted to up my game both in terms of sewing skills and present giving.
I decided months ago that I was going to give my mam a knitting-related present. Over the last year she’s found a new appreciation for knitting, a skill she learnt and perfected when we were all young kids but she spends a lot of time making things for other people rather than for herself. So I wanted to get her a project that she could make for herself and after spending hours trawling ravelry I decided on the Daybreak Shawl. It’s a relatively small project, and one that doesn’t require me accurate guessing size and yardage (or having to ask and ruin the surprise!) so I went all out and got her everything she needs for the project including some interchangeable circular needles, stitch markers and or course yarn (all from knitpicks (again!) Stroll tonal Pacific and Palette Mist).
It was missing something though – it needed some fancy wrapping or something and then it hit me it needed a project bag. A cute little tote bag that she can use to transport and store her knitting in. I used stash fabric leftover from older projects and used this tutorial to give me a general idea of what to do. I did make a tote before but it ripped within a few days of using it. This one is double lined. I used a double layer of fabric on the outside in addition to the inner liner so even though it’s quilting cotton it looks pretty durable. It also has a pocket on both sides to store things like a pen, markers, crochet hook etc.
I’m thrilled with how this turned out – it’s easily the best thing I’ve sewn in terms of accuracy so far which is all down to the new piecing foot with a guide that Kathy found for me in a thrift shop for 25c!
Sewing Project 2/15: Lined Tote Bag
New/Improved Techniques: Accurate ¼ inch seams (yay!), top stitching, adding outer pockets, adding a liner to a bag.