Poolside Biology





Nope this isn’t a lesson in poolside biology, geez, that might get a little too nitty gritty. I know what goes on in swimming pools. We’ll save that for another day, it’s actually a Poolside Tote made for the newest collection by Sarah Watson for Cloud 9 Fabrics. Isn’t it pretty?! All you purple lovers out there are in for a treat. Of course there’s a really gorgeous blue-green colorway that is equally as beautiful, too. It’ll be shipping in December, so not too far away! Just enough time to start planning.


Anyway, since this is made with all quilting weight fabric (different from what fabric I recommend for the Poolside – which is something heavier like a canvas, etc.) I used a combination of interfacing and cotton canvas. I used SF101 on both the exterior and lining fabrics and basted on cotton canvas to the main exterior pieces. It’s sturdy, and stands up when not filled, but it’s still flexible and ready to fill up with a ton of stuff! The cotton canvas was a navy blue organic 12 oz weight that I had gotten from a while back (I can’t seem to find the same one, but here are all their 12 oz. cotton canvases). I think it really does well as an interlining.

Pattern: Poolside Tote
Fabric: Biology by Sarah Watson for Cloud 9 Fabrics (interlined with cotton canvas), Biology starts shipping in December


21 thoughts on “Poolside Biology

  1. Randi says:

    Oh wow! That is so lovely!

  2. Daniela D says:

    Oh my goodness, it’s fantastic! Love this line and the tote, of course!

  3. everdayphoto says:

    This is awesome! When I finally finish some of my already started projects, this is next on the list. 🙂

  4. Vanessa says:

    It looks great, I love your work!

  5. Darci says:

    Love this, great colors for fall

  6. Absolutely gorgeous!

  7. Joy Kendall says:

    I get excited every time your blog posts pop into my reader. Always such love work! You’re doing a great job, Anna!

  8. Leslie says:

    My gosh thats beautiful. I would buy that.

  9. kristin says:

    Oh wow, gorgeous. I love that fabric and love the tote too! Just finally printed the pattern out and think I might actually have time to sew it up soon! Fingers crossed.

  10. çok begendim. çok güzel çantanız.

  11. deliacreates says:

    Everything…really everything…you do is just fantastic. Love this!

  12. Jacqueline says:

    The tote looks wonderful in this fabric…. Just a quick question from an inexperienced sewer: is the canvas interlining cut the same size as the exterior pieces and sewn into the seam allowances when the bag is constructed, or is it basted onto the main pieces without seam allowances to avoid bulky seams?? I’d be grateful for your advice as I would love to make this bag.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thank you! I should have been more clear in my post, sorry about that. The canvas is cut the same size as the exterior pieces and basted to them within the seam allowance. From there, it’s treated as one piece. 🙂 Hope that makes sense.

  13. Patricia says:

    Very prett!

  14. farmquilter says:

    Cute, cute cute!!!

  15. Nicole says:

    As a biology teacher, I can’t help but love that fabric! Lovely job (as usual!).

  16. Franziska says:

    You’ve made this bag for my little daughter, right? She would be over the moon. Purple. It’s her colour.
    I think I’ll have to buy more purple fabric.

  17. Ines says:

    So very pretty! I love all your bags. Just want to see them all togehter once :-).

    Hugs Ines♥

  18. becky m says:

    oh so pretty!! This is just my favorite color combo in the world! 🙂

  19. charlotte m. says:

    This looks wonderful in purple. I do so want to make some of these. I am aiming for pool season next year.

  20. Kathleen says:

    I love the purple!

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