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Sheepy Maker’s Tote

Sheepy Maker's Tote - Noodlehead

Sheepies!!! This Maker’s Tote has a fun story behind it – or at least I think so. And I love making things that have a little story.

Sheepy Maker's Tote - Noodlehead

My friend Amanda had been planning on making a Maker’s Tote after seeing our friend Jeni’s Maker’s Tote with the sheep fabric! I was super excited that they were excited and of course I love Jeni’s version. So when we were at our little get together they were talking totes and I mentioned to Amanda that I needed to make one as a step out for a class I was teaching. Now one of the parts about teaching is that making step outs can be either fun or really boring. I try super hard to make it fun for myself otherwise I’d go a little nuts. So it’s always way more interesting (even if it is a little more work) to make a sample that I’ll use for parts to teach, but then also finish sewing it and give it to someone!

Sheepy Maker's Tote - Noodlehead

Sheepy Maker's Tote - Noodlehead

So I just had to volunteer to make it for her! It was destiny. I was super excited that she just sent me the fabric and I got to get it mostly made, use it in class, then finish up sewing the binding on outside while my girls played in the backyard. Pretty nifty.

Sheepy Maker's Tote - Noodlehead

I really love the sheep and the coordinates that Amanda picked. Of course leaving off the front pocket to showcase the sheep was definitely necessary. I did put in the back zippered pocket, but only because it actually landed on a good place – the sheep’s back!

Sheepy Maker's Tote - Noodlehead

I’m so glad to send it off to her, and I hear it’s going to be used for her sock knitting! How fun!


Pattern: Maker’s Tote (size small, front pocket omitted)
Fabric: Sheep by Ellen Luckett Baker, from her Charms collection,
Mama Said Sew by Sweetwater, Timeless Treasures Sketch
Zippers: Zipit on etsy and wawak.com


Sheepy Maker's Tote - Noodlehead

p.s. here’s a couple sheep that live at the retreat center we go to! Couldn’t not include them!

Sheepy Maker's Tote - Noodlehead

19 thoughts on “Sheepy Maker’s Tote

  1. Shannon says:

    Oh my gosh! Seriously. You are killing me!!!! I’m dying over this. I love it! What a lovely version!

  2. Amanda Jean says:

    you are seriously the sweetest, Anna! thank you so very much for making the sheepy tote for me! I TOTE-ally love it! hahaha! I will enjoy carrying around my sock knitting in it! I still kind of feel like I cheated, but know that I will treasure it and use it! it looks amazing! xoxoxox

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thank you for giving me a good reason to sew!!!! 🙂 And making it extra easy by picking out the fabric! excited for you to put it to use.

  3. Liz says:

    AH! that sheep fabric is so fun! I think I might need to make one of these for myself – I’ve also been dying to knit with Stone Wool yarn!

  4. Jeni says:

    YAY! Now Amanda and I are matching! We’re going to need to both bring our bags to our next meet-up! 🙂

  5. Oh I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! It’s so cute. I wish I had more time to sew for myself, because this is really on my list of “things to make”. I wish I lived closer so I could hone in on the girls retreat. 🙂

  6. Kay says:

    Really cute, I am sure she will love it and get a lot of use out of it too. x

  7. What an amazing creation using Amanda’s fabric choices. Lucky lady.

  8. Karen says:

    Completely adorable–and such a perfect fabric for a knitter! It’d make me smile every time I pulled out my needles 🙂

  9. Kim B. says:

    those sheep and your pattern make for an absolutely adorable tote!

  10. Carolin says:

    What a cute idea – I love the organized inner of this bag!

  11. mrs robinson says:

    Oh, I do wish my knitting was carried around in something so stylish! Such a great pattern. And I think I have wool envy…

  12. janequiltsslowly says:

    Wow! What a great make and an amazing gift! Lucky girl!

  13. Nickie says:

    Anna I love this bag AND the fabric is perfect! However, this sheep fabric cannot be found anywhere on the internet. I have spent a good deal of time trying to locate this fabric and it is very frustrating! Please in the future make sure that the fabric is always available!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Nickie! Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately the way fabric manufacturers work is that they usually print a limited run of each fabric. I’m sorry but it’s just not possible to do that! (Especially because I made it for my friend who sent me her fabric to use.)

  14. Heather says:

    So cute! love the combination of fabrics. This bag is on my to do list however there’s a lot on my to do list 😉

  15. Brenda. says:

    I copied Jeni and made a small Maker’s Tote out of this fabric too, but I used the version that has mint as the background color. I used Essex linen for the gussets, and some Moda fabrics from my local quilt shop for the binding, lining and pockets. I carry sock knitting in it too, and I have gotten many compliments on it. I have some of the Cotton & Steel print with old-school rotary dial telephones on it, and want to use that to make another bag. This pattern is ingenuous, Anna!

  16. Becky says:

    Does anybody carry this as a purse? Just seems so perfect for a handbag.

  17. Kerry says:

    My local fabric stores has some of this fabric in yellow which I have bought, online it has the mint and gold options. Such a cute bag.

    http://www.purple-stitches.com/canvas/?sort=newest&page=1

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