Tote for Christmas

by Lupine.

Lotta bag outside

This is the gift I made for my lovely Mother for Christmas. She loved it, and actually requested some sort of bag specifically. She had some very specific requests and I wasn't sure that this tote would be something she could use, but I figured that one way or another it would get used it in the garden come spring since it is really supposed to be a garden tote.

It is from Lotta Jansdotter Simple Sewing. The pattern was a breeze, but the instructions left out a couple steps and the supply list had some holes. Luckily the pictures were good and I could tell that there were things I would need that weren't listed in the supplies.

Lotta bag bias detail

I got some great help at the store choosing fabric (thanks Amy), and loved using a bit of Denyse Schmidt's Hope Valley line. Mostly I love the printed bias tape that really worked so nicely with this. There are some great printed tapes in the store and they are in bulk, which makes it easy to get just the right amount. 

I got everything for this bag at one time except the boring old canvas which I had from many years ago. I like the natural canvas but knew that it would get awfully dirty fast if I left it that color, so I found the lovely cinnamon color to wrap around for the outside pocket. Shopping for fabric for projects is definitely one of the best parts.

Lotta bag inside view

I did add this custom lined inside pocket, which was a breeze. I just added it to the lining before joining the main fabric and the lining together. Working on bags is not something that I do a lot of, but it sure is fun. There is no fitting involved! Easy peasy!  

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