My cute really cheap tote bag was now not adequate for all the stuff I need. So I was on the hunt for a nice huge bag to take to church.
While looking for a fabulous purse to maybe sew, I stumbled up on this tote bag pattern:
Super easy, and cute too.
I mostly followed her easy instructions, with just a few changes.
First of all. I needed it to have a much wider bottom. So instead of making the bottom triangles 4" (it will make sense when you read the pattern), I made mine 7".
I also added pockets and an extra bottom pattern like she did in her other version.
While finding a purse to sew, many people suggested using plastic canvas to make it stiff and stand on its own. The tote pattern suggested fusible fleece. After seeing the price tag on that stuff (it was almost $8 a yard!), I went for the plastic canvas option ($0.45 each!). Here's how I did that part.
I made the lining just as the pattern instructs. After cutting off the bottom triangle thingies, I lined up a piece of plastic canvas with the bottom corners:
And pinned it all over to keep it from moving around.
Then, I just VERY SLOWLY zigzagged around.
I wasn't sure I could actually sew around all 4 sides on both pieces, so I just did a bit along the top & sides to make sure it didn't slide everywhere.
I repeated this with the other side
And . . .
I'm super happy with it. I didn't think about the fact that increasing the bottom would decrease the sides, and I wish it would have been about an inch taller:
So, on to the giveaway. . . I bet you guys are thinking I'm giving one of these bags away, right. WRONG!
Guess what came in my mailbox the other day . . .
Yup! Book 6 in the Sadie Hoffmiller series.
Guys, don't read this one at night. It's kind of creepy. And there's a big old plot twist, again, that I did NOT see coming, but changed a ton for me. You'll love it. And,
To win your own signed-by-the-author copy, leave me a comment with either the title of a book you love, or a book you'd like to read. Comments will close Sunday, Sept 4 at 7:00 central time, and I'll announce a winner Monday morning!
*disclaimer shma: I received two copies of this book as part of my participation in the test kitchen. But I only give one away, 'cause I want to keep one too!