A few months back I connected with Kjerste of Wax & Wool over Instagram. I love how the creative community supports and encourages each other and connecting with Kjerste has been so nice. When I first named the tote for Making Magazine I hadn’t heard of Kjerste’s business. I had named it after the materials I used for the original sample (wool coating and waxed canvas) so it was only a matter of time before someone mentioned it and I’ve been admirer of her and her business ever since. I of course was admiring her candles and she told me she hoped to find time or a friend to sew her a Wool + Wax Tote. I know as a small business owner, sometimes personal side projects get put on hold, so I jumped at the chance to make one for her. I’m so glad I did.
After the mad dash of sample making for Quilt Market, it was a refreshing choice to sit down and make this tote. Sometimes it’s all I need to restart and get my sewing groove back in order. I sent Kjerste a few fabric ideas and she loved the mustard/charcoal and herringbone combo. She had told me she’s mostly a neutral gal, which I definitely resonate with, but that mustard is a color she liked, so this combo was one I thought would work well.
This is actually the same waxed canvas I used for the Making Backpack, but with a darker lining it somehow makes it look more mustard-y which I love. The contrast bottom is Pewter Denim and the herringbone lining (by Robert Kaufman Fabrics) is such a great stable fabric for the lining. It didn’t need any interfacing which is always a bonus in my book.
Fabrics: Marigold Waxed Canvas, Pewter Denim waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles on Etsy, lining is Herringbone Denim by Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Pattern: Wool + Wax Tote (PDF here or available in my booklet, Everyday Essentials here or check your local quilt shop)