The Zip Top Tote ~ From Handmade Style by Anna Graham

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Last week was a very productive one in the studio.  I finished a few to-sew items off my checklist, updated my Etsy shop and my IG destash account. On top of that, I made the final edits on The Diane Tote (Coming soon!) and am working on my next pattern.  It feels so good to cross things off lists doesn’t it?

Here is one of my big finishes of last week!!

IMG_2475Anna Graham (Noodlehead)’s blog has been a favorite of mine for years now. Her sewing patterns and tutorials are some of the best out there, so when her first book was released recently I knew had to order a copy….Then make something from it!  This is the Zip Top Tote.

2015-06-05 15.14.58I used a medium weight denim for the tote top and Cotton + Steel canvas print for the tote bottom. Pellon SF 101 and byAnnie’s Soft & Stable were the interfacings I used.  3/4″ thick leather straps attach to the bag with 12mm rivets.

Don’t let this tote fool you.  It’s not just a simple tote.  The 2 exterior fabrics are constructed so you have a hidden pocket in the middle.  I made one pocket on each side, one larger and one as suggested in the pattern.  I also used 2- 9mm rivets on the edge of each front pocket for added visual appeal.

2015-06-05 15.17.01The interior lining I used was a pink polka dot print from Dear Stella. This print matched perfectly too! A large zippered pocket went on one side and I added two deep pockets on the other side.  If you are familiar with Anna’s Open Wide Zippered Pouch tutorial, then you will notice this zipper install is similar.  It’s an easy process and looks so nice when done.  I chose to use a brass zipper for durability.

2015-06-05 15.14.45I have a feeling this tote will become my go-to bag this summer.  We have lots of little adventures planned and this will be the perfect size to pack full of stuff for the boys.

Besides this tote, there are a few other bags and small accessory patterns in Handmade Style.  You will also find items to make for around the house as well as a few wearable items.  The directions for each pattern are easy to read and follow.  And while there are not images for all the steps and these images are drawings instead of photos, it really did not make sewing my tote any harder. If you are a visual person I’d suggest you reading through the pattern several times before beginning.

Fans of Noodlehead will truly enjoy this book. If you are not familiar with Anna’s work this will be a great introduction. ~

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