Here’s my most recent Poolside Tote finish, in my fabric, Rain Walk. I think this coral is just the perfect statement for this tote. It’s bold and happy! I enjoyed pairing the fabrics for this version. Although I’m sure there’s about a million more pairings I’d like to sew up someday. The handles are Robert Kaufman Waterford Linen in Natural which is a really nice weight linen that’s a bit heavier and is 55″ wide. The lining is Reflect in Pink (from Rain Walk) and a little splash of Cirrus Solids in Coral.
I used byAnnie’s Soft and Stable in this version as well. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s the perfect match if you don’t want to quilt the exterior pieces, yet still have a sturdy stand-on-its-own tote. Of course, I do love the look of a quilted Poolside, too.
A little tip I can mention is that once you have the exterior and lining complete, sew the gusset seam allowances together. Place the lining and exterior wrong sides together (you’ll be placing the base of the exterior and lining together) and sew within the seam allowance of the gusset. By doing this, the lining will stay down in the bag no matter what. I often do this with any pouch or bag. It’s kind of an awkward step, especially with zippered pouches, but I almost always do this unless I’m in a huge hurry. Sometimes it isn’t so convenient, especially if you’ve made a mistake in a previous step, just one more row of stitches to rip when you need to go back and fix things. I only know that from experience. Anyway, give it a try on your next project, you might like it.