I’m excited to share today that my Wool + Wax Tote that was included in the second issue of Making magazine is now available as a stand alone PDF pattern. It was almost a year ago that I made a version of the tote for my mom and I’m so happy that I get to share the pattern finally.
(photo by Carrie Bostick Hoge)
I tend to talk about making useful things a lot around here. This tote is definitely at the top of that list. You can’t really beat a classic tote with handy pockets. These of course are great for gifting and perfect for customizing to your needs. I can’t wait to see what you make.
Of course don’t let the name trick you, I give several other suggestions for materials that will work great for this classic tote. My rule of thumb for making bags is that if you want a sturdy and durable tote, start with sturdy and durable fabrics. Cork would also be a great fabric to try for the contrast bottom! I’ve got my first cork purchase just waiting for me to give it a try.
Included in the pattern are all my tips for working with waxed canvas (which is what I recommend for the contrast bottom), just like the Explorer Tote, it makes for such a great bag! The waxed canvas is so durable and beautiful, I think you’ll love it! If you haven’t tried some already you should!
You can read more about my other versions of this tote in their original posts here:
p.s. There’s a new issue of Making coming up soon! I’m excited to have another project included!