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Happy Poolside Tote

Poolside Tote by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

This Poolside Tote is a happy and fun version I made for a friend of mine. I wanted to make her a little something as a surprise. We all like surprises! When I first thought of making her this tote I knew it would be something useful for her. She’ll be able to toss in quilts and other goodies and it’ll be easy breezy and great for traveling. What I love most about this bag is that it’s pretty quick to make (the cutting and interfacing take the majority of the time) and in the end it’s an easy-to-use all-purpose type of bag, my favorite kind.

Poolside Tote by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

Poolside Tote by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

I got lucky when I grabbed this canvas Kokka print from my stash. I think it’s the perfect print for my friend. yay! Pulling coordinating prints was fun, too. I seem to have quite a few options that had this awesome green that I always crave this time of year (because winter in Wisconsin = no green anywhere). I was able to get the majority of this bag cut out and sewn while at my local quilt shop’s monthly sew-in. It’s something I need to get to more often for sure, plus it’s always fun to see what other people are sewing!

Poolside Tote by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

Poolside Tote by Anna Graham/Noodlehead, Carkai Lining

Anyway, I couldn’t stop after making the tote, so I made a couple little accessories to coordinate. I’ll share those projects in my next post.


Pattern: Poolside Tote
Fabric: Kokka (from Miss Matatabi, but appears to be sold out), Carkai by Carolyn Friedlander,
Essex Yarn Dyed in graphite, and a mystery blue solid from my stash
Zipper: Zipit on etsy


p.s. I can’t wait for Spring!

Poolside Tote by Anna Graham/Noodlehead

15 thoughts on “Happy Poolside Tote

  1. mauri says:

    I love how perfect your combinations are- always perfect in fabric selection and always sooo perfect in execution. I was in Minnesota recently for about 3 weeks and at one point thought about you, freezing along side the Minnesotants, only in Wisconsin. It made me wish for spring, too and I totally understand your blues and greens here! 🙂 Nice work, as always!

  2. Linda Doyle says:

    Just love the nice fresh look. I definitely need more canvas in my stash!

  3. Nice tote bag! I love the fabric combination that you used.

  4. Alex says:

    Beautiful bag, and fabric!!! I’ve only recently discovered how much I love sewing. I was making cube hammocks for my rats’ cage and had such a blast making them that I wanted to find all sorts of other projects I could tackle! Thanks for sharing!
    xo
    Alex
    http://www.sincerely-alex.com

  5. kristin says:

    Ah it’s gorgeous!! Love the fabrics. Come visit me, it’s spring here. 🙂

  6. liz n. says:

    The fabrics you used could not be more perfect!

  7. A beautiful tote.and it looks very summery.

  8. Kristie says:

    Love this. The colors are so gorgeous! The perfect tote for traveling.

  9. kislanykim says:

    This is perfection. (as always)

  10. kislanykim says:

    p.s. did you see the great SuperTote on Cloud 9’s Instagram feed yesterday (my time, might have been day before). . . darling!! Made in the navy Nimbus by Rae Hoekstra for the focus fabric. love!

    1. Rae says:

      I loved that one too!! That’s Eloise Renouf’s print though (I can’t take credit for that awesome design!) 🙂

      1. kislanykim says:

        oops, sorry about that!! I love all three of y’all’s stuff so much, I got confused!

  11. Rae says:

    aww YAY! This is such a great print!! I am stalled on my own Poolside due to having roughly half of the stiff interfacing I need for the inside. Stay tuned… ;P

  12. Darci says:

    Love The canvas print, so cute

  13. Laurel says:

    Oh, how I love the Poolside Tote. : ) This is so great! What a fun print. I want to try one with the soft and stable next time.

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