I sat down a couple weeks ago determine to finish a couple samples of my new pattern, the Hillside Tote, using Pendleton Wool. I knew as soon as I was making my initial samples of the Hillside that I would definitely need to make a few using some wool. The fabric sat and waiting patiently while I got the pattern ready and got the other samples made. My friend Brienne made a Hillside using some and it was all I needed to carve out enough time to sew up two, one for me and one for my mom.
On my trip to Denver a couple years ago I was lucky enough to be able to shop in person at the Fancy Tiger Crafts store! It was delightful! I wish I had more room in my small suitcase at the time, because of course they have so many great fabrics and supplies. I spent as long as I could touching all the fabrics and made my way home with some favorites. Two in the stack were Pendleton wools which promptly went into the ‘set aside for a future important project’ area of my stash. I would pull it out from time to time, but it took me a little over two years to commit. Feels a little crazy because it is!
I sent my mom a few pics of choices and let her decide what colors she liked best. The wool is two sided, so each side is the opposite on the reverse side – two fabrics in one! These are the mini size of the pattern. And I should note that if you have a super special fabric, you can cut the two exterior pockets from a fat quarter for the mini size. Yay for that! I also decided to add a rivet to the top of the divided part of the back pocket, just a fun little detail. Not necessary for function, but pretty.
Well, these beauties came together quickly with a few scraps of waxed canvas and leather straps. I’m so excited to use mine! I’ve been waiting!