Last week I had pulled some fabrics for the Trail Tote designed by Anna of Noodlehead Designs. It is a free pattern on the Robert Kaufman site.
Teal for the exterior, scissors for the interior, mustard for the accent pockets, and grey for the strap. All but the teal are from the Maker line by Art Gallery Fabrics. The teal is Dottie’s Cousin in Teal by Cotton + Steel. I had decided on the small tote as I wanted it for an everyday bag. I used Soft and Stable for the interfacing of the exterior instead of the interfacing called for in the pattern. I wanted a bag that was more sturdy than floppy and I heard that product was fabulous for that result.
I quilted the exterior in between the lines in the design on the fabric. It’s very subtle but effective. I felt like a rock star when I got the inset zipper placed and top stitched down.
Once everything was prepped and interfaced it came together pretty quickly. I had ordered my hardware from Etsy via Purse Supplies R Us. The prices were great and the shipping was fast.
I skipped the piping step as I forgot to buy the cording for it but I love it all the same. I made a few errors along the way but was able to unpick and fix the issue without any problems. Once the bag was complete I also attached the lining to the inside of the exterior with a few tacking stitches in each interior corner within the seams. Next time, I would make the strap just a little bit longer so that it would sit in the perfect place for my frame. I tend to like longer bags and always use them as a cross-body so I can stay hands-free while out and about. I love the mustard accent against that teal of the exterior. This whole bag is just awesome!
I picked up some fabric for another mini swap that I am in and it will work perfectly for what I have spinning around in my head.
I have a little while until I need to get this one done but I am excited now that I have the right fabrics!