I’m so excited about this finished Trail Tote! Recently I’ve felt bogged down and haven’t felt like I’ve gotten enough fun sewing in. It’s amazing how things change. I remember just a couple years ago being able to stay up until 2 am busily sewing away. That doesn’t happen hardly ever now that my girls have gotten a bit older and their bedtime has gotten later.
The benefit of changes like this though are fun, too. For example, this tote is a project for Natalie’s friend for her birthday. Natalie and I got to pick out the specific project I would sew and then we picked out the fabrics together, thus the birthday Trail Tote is born. It’s very fun to see what fabrics get picked and I sort of always draw out the process a bit by bringing out more and more fabrics that would be fun to use. Can’t help it!
I’ve also gotten to sneak in a bit of time here and there sewing with my girls. For Christmas Natalie (who’s 9 going on 10) sewed her teacher a little zippered pouch, I was so proud of her, she totally rocked it.
Look! There’s a sloth in the pocket!
This is the small size Trail Tote (a free pattern I designed for Robert Kaufman at the end of 2014 – time flies!). I love how little it is, but still packs in some beautiful and useful details. It makes for a fun and interesting project to sew. I also think it’s the perfect size for girls, great for stashing a few essentials but not so big that it’s overwhelming.
Pattern: Trail Tote (small)
Fabric: Umbrella Prints and Cotton + Steel (Honeymoon by Sarah Watts),
Robert Kaufman Essex Yarn Dyed for strap and piping details
Zipper: Zipit on etsy
Hardware: SewingSupplies on etsy
helpful tutorials: handmade piping, insert a magnetic snap