I am so excited to finally share my Totes ma Tote Bag with you today! This is the newest pattern release by Janelle MacKay of Emmaline Bags and boy is it another great one! Once I read through the pattern, I knew I had to make the Totes in a fun summery print! It’s finally warm(er) here so time to celebrate and be happy, right?
The only alterations I made to my tote was the substitution of round screw-in grommets for the oval ones called in the pattern. If you do choose to change your grommet size or shape, make sure you make your adjustments in placement on the pattern piece so you do not cut a seam! A good idea would be to take a chalk pencil and mark it on the actual fabric so you can see how it will look. It worked well for me!
The straps for the Totes were designed to be adjustable for your comfort. There are two small eyelets per strap side as you see above. This was a new technique for me to try and Janelle made it super easy. One thing you can be sure of when buying her patterns are her attention to detail. The directions and images are spot-on and if you follow her blog you’ll see her personality in there too!
The finished Totes size: Width at Top: 17” (43 cm), Width at bottom: 13” (33 cm), Height: 12” (30 cm), Depth: 4” (10 cm) Janelle designed a simple zippered-top closure for this pattern. It was easy to install, but if you are not comfortable installing this type of closure you could easily take it out. I really liked how it looked because it gave the bag a more sophisticated look.
The interior of the Totes has plenty of pockets! There are 3 options for pockets inside: A zipper pocket, a double slip pocket and a large pocket suitable for a small tablet, reader or anything else you want. I made a zippered pocket on one side and a made a pocket on the other side. My image shows two small pockets inside a larger pocket. (My customization). Don’t you just love pockets?!
A nice detail on the bag exterior is the addition of a vertical strip sewn over both side seams. You only stitch on either side of the strip, but I topstitched every 1/4″ for a different look. You could also leave the whole strip off if you want to.
If you are interested in purchasing this pattern, please head over HERE to proceed. Detailed fabric requirements and PDF pattern info can be found there. If you want to check out other views and fabrics used with this pattern to get a better feel click HERE.
Thanks for visiting Raspberry Sunshine today and looking at the new Totes Ma Tote Bag Pattern! Enjoy the start of a new summer week. Cindy