I have got to know Anna Graham of Noodlehead through Ringo Pie and she is the nicest person and the most generous blogger. She doesn't know about this post so when she reads it, I'm guessing she will blush, but I love her patterns and I love her blogging. She gives a lot of herself and I admire that. The majority of her patterns are available free on her website and she is always adding more. This is my version of her 241 Tote Bag, available to buy by PDF
My day bag which I take to work full of keys, money, tissues, granola bars, bananas and a water bottle is wearing thin so I spent a few evenings this week making this one. The storage possibilities appealed to me. I made the outer zipper pocket horizontal for my phone and added some batting to protect it. Inside, I put in a key fob clip, I live in fear of losing my house keys or the ones to my work place so I always add a key fob to any bag I make.
Recognise the lining? From my lucky win on Kat's blog , I have linked in to her great news that she has a pattern in a new Zakka Style book full of designers and cute looking makes. Congrats Kat!
I just know that flash of pink and the little deer will make me smile as I reach for my phone.
I recycle fixings when I make bags- the strap, key fob clasp and the zipper were from some cheapo charity shop finds. I have no idea where to find zips with bigger tabs, I can only source dress style zips- if you know of a good supply, please let me know! The strap allows it to be shoulder or messenger style across the body. It is all sprayed with protector- seems to work well, I've tried it before, and ready to go. Thankyou Anna, the pattern worked a like a dream x
I will post a mini tute on how to do a key fob dangly thing- it is very easy!