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Pendleton Hillside Totes

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

(Tote Back) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

(Tote Front) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

(Interior View) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

(Tote Base) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

(Tote Back) Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

Image credit: Jessica Sands Photography (jessicasands.com)

I sat down a couple weeks ago determine to finish a couple samples of my new pattern, the Hillside Tote, using Pendleton Wool. I knew as soon as I was making my initial samples of the Hillside that I would definitely need to make a few using some wool. The fabric sat and waiting patiently while I got the pattern ready and got the other samples made. My friend Brienne made a Hillside using some and it was all I needed to carve out enough time to sew up two, one for me and one for my mom.

On my trip to Denver a couple years ago I was lucky enough to be able to shop in person at the Fancy Tiger Crafts store! It was delightful! I wish I had more room in my small suitcase at the time, because of course they have so many great fabrics and supplies. I spent as long as I could touching all the fabrics and made my way home with some favorites. Two in the stack were Pendleton wools which promptly went into the ‘set aside for a future important project’ area of my stash. I would pull it out from time to time, but it took me a little over two years to commit. Feels a little crazy because it is!

I sent my mom a few pics of choices and let her decide what colors she liked best. The wool is two sided, so each side is the opposite on the reverse side – two fabrics in one! These are the mini size of the pattern. And I should note that if you have a super special fabric, you can cut the two exterior pockets from a fat quarter for the mini size. Yay for that! I also decided to add a rivet to the top of the divided part of the back pocket, just a fun little detail. Not necessary for function, but pretty.

Well, these beauties came together quickly with a few scraps of waxed canvas and leather straps. I’m so excited to use mine! I’ve been waiting!

Pattern: Hillside Tote (mini size)
Fabrics: Pendleton from Fancy Tiger Crafts (I believe you have to call in to buy yardage, they don’t offer it on the website), waxed canvas from AL Frances Textiles

10 thoughts on “Pendleton Hillside Totes

  1. This tote is beautiful! I love how it turned out!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  2. Karen Bente Martinussen says:

    Simply love your work and your style. So inspiring. Thankyou for that.

  3. Jeni says:

    These are so cute! The combination of wool, wax canvas and leather is perfect!!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Jeni! It’s fun to have finally made them!

  4. They are so unique, I’m sure your mom adores hers just like she adores you.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks Donna!

  5. Kellumvik says:

    OMG, these are like Klum House style! They offer Pendleton and waxed canvas also. Great minds?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Actually there are tons of companies and makers that use Pendleton and waxed canvas! This is just my version!

  6. Carrie says:

    Gorgeous! I just bought this pattern during your sale and have been trying to decide on fabrics. I’m thinking Pendleton sounds like a great idea now! Quick question, if I did leather straps, would a fat quarter of waxed canvas be enough for the exterior accent pieces? Fancy Tigers sells waxed canvas by the fat quarter, so that would be a great option if it’s enough. Thanks, and again, these are beautiful! I love your style 🙂

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Carrie,
      The exterior fabric requirement for the mini is a fat quarter! 🙂 If you wanted to use it for the Accent fabric requirement (Mini) a fat quarter would be enough if you are subbing in a leather handle.

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