Monday, January 17, 2011

Craft Tote

 Awhile back, I saw a pattern for a craft tote in Ginia18's Etsy shop.  I saved it to my favorites and would periodically go back and look at it.  I think I was really trying to work up my nerve to try something that seemed like it might be a bit complicated.  I always get nervous before trying a new pattern, especially if it's for a new KIND of item to create.

Christmas provided the perfect opportunity for me to purchase and try the pattern.  I thought my 2 year old niece would love an art tote filled with coloring books, stickers, markers, crayons, etc.  I had the vision in mind, the tricky part was convincing myself I could bring it to fruition.

The seller promptly emailed the pattern and made herself available to answer any questions I might have as I worked through it.  I stared down the pattern for a few days before I found the courage to cut into my fabric and get started.  Fun aside:  Asa and I had the BEST time choosing the fabrics for the bag!  As you might imagine, I don't have a lot of pinky, girly fabric in my stash, so we roamed the aisles of the fabric store collecting fairies, tea cups, and more!  There was no need to contact the seller with questions--the instructions were great and I actually put the tote together in one night!  Well, I spent one evening cutting the pieces I needed and prepping them with stabilizer.  Another evening was spent actually constructing the bag.

I am so pleased with how it turned out!  Pockets galore filled with all kinds of crafty goodness. :)  My niece was pretty excited when she opened it on Christmas morning as well. ;)

I cannot wait to make this tote again!