Why do I torture myself by waiting till the last minute? I started these totes the day before I was supposed to deliver them. Seriously, I was up till the wee hours of the morning finishing them up.
They are part of a gift set that me and a couple of other moms put together for s's teachers as an end-of-the-year gift. The totes were filled with summer essentials including flip-flops, sunscreen, and a bottle of wine. The other two moms also made handmade items: personalized cups and journals and bookmarks made from vintage books. I wish I had taken pictures of the gifts once they were put together. They were truly amazing.
The Jane Market Bag designed by the super-talented Alicia Paulsen of Posy Gets Cosy. By the way, I am also happy to support our local (Portland, OR) artists and businesses. It's an easy and quick tote, no pattern pieces, just dimensions that you measure out yourself. I changed a few things though. First, I only had pockets on one side because I cut out two pocket pieces and sewed them together thinking that they were lined, then I was in too much of a hurry to pick the seam apart and decided that the bag only really needed the one pocket anyway. I also added a double-stitched seam about two thirds of the way down from the top of the pocket; I just felt that the pocket was too deep without the seam. Another modification that I made was to sew the handles between the lining and the top layer for a cleaner look. The handles were ready-made nylon straps, a nice short-cut which I am sure saved me an hour of so of work.
The pattern's instruction in regards to the pleats on the sides of the bags was to put together the whole bag first, then sew a seam down the side, catching the lining in the seam. Because I was using heavier fabrics than the calico that the pattern recommended, I felt that this was not feasible. So before joining the lining and the main bag, I sewed the pleats on the outside only; the lining was left unatached except for the top.
On a final and somewhat related note, I will leave you with pictures of S on her first and last day of preschool, wearing her Oliver and S playdate dress.
Look how much she's grown!