Yep, two Trail Totes! I just had to finish up one of the test versions I made of my new Trail Tote pattern for Robert Kaufman (the pattern is free by the way, so go ahead and download it). And then I had to make an almost exact replica of the original one I made as the other got shipped off to it’s new home. It felt kind of weird sewing the same exact bag, but I couldn’t wait to start using it. I’ve been having shoulder/neck pain recently and having a cross body style bag should help that a bit – at least I hope.
I adore Carolyn’s new collection: Doe. I bet you could kind of guess that already. I kind of want to wrap my entire house in it, but I might have to restrain myself a bit. Sorry not sorry.
I have been doing some serious thinking about my own fabric stash and how it’s evolved over the years. I keep destashing and thinking that will help. Somehow the fabric still oozes from the shelves. I haven’t been ordering much fabric either, although that’ll fly out the window once some of my favorite new collections start shipping to shops. Anyway, sorry for that tangent. Not complaining.
I love piping (See my tutorial here, it’s easy to make and use! I promise.) and this tote is just the most fun way to show it off. It gives the bag a nice dimension and added interest. Pair that with some metal and a zipper and you had me at hello.
Pattern: Trail Tote Pattern (by me for Robert Kaufman Fabrics)
Fabrics: Doe by Carolyn Friedlander and a canvas from Miss Matatabi
Hardware: Sewing Supplies on etsy (a great shop based in WI for any locals reading)
Zipper: Zipit on Etsy (another WI shop! as always)