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Hey all! Guess what, I made some bags! It is true, I did. It was nice, venturing away from quilts a bit. It has been awhile, so it was a welcome break.
Here are my 241 Totes, I made them this past week. My talented friend Anna sent me her pattern months ago, right when she first released it, and I knew right away that I wanted to make a bunch of them. As always, Anna's pattern is well written, thorough, and easy to follow. This is a fun little tote that has two options for customizing: zipper pockets in the front or open side pockets.
The first bag I made is out of Anna Maria Horner's latest line, Loulouthi. I used the zipper option for this one. I love the two slash pockets in the outside of the bag, they are perfect for small items like keys and a cell phone. The zippers were pretty easy to put in. While I've sewn many zippers in the past, this was a new method for me. I didn't even have to get my zipper foot out! Bonus. :)
For my second tote, I used Joel Dewberry's Aviary 2. I tried out the side pocket option for this one. They are very easy to make, and if you are a little nervous about this zippers, this option is for you. I liked adding a third fabric into the mix.
Both bags are fully lined with no exposed seams. Inside there is a slip pocket and a magnetic closure. I was happy I had a few of those laying around, they add a nice finishing touch.
I highly recommend the 241 tote pattern. It is a versatile, customizable bag, and it is great for sewers of any level. I will be taking one of these with me to the Sewing Summit for a project bag, and the other one will be a Christmas gift for a family member. Now the hardest decision of all... which one should I keep for myself??