I've been wanting to make a new handbag for myself for, oh, about three years. It's funny, because I usually make decisions really quickly, but for some reason I just couldn't make my mind up. There are too many options. Fabrics. Patterns. Zips (or not).
The 241 Tote pattern has been popping up all over blogland for ages, and has been high on my "probably this one" list for just as long. It took this fabulous bag by Kelly to finally push me over the edge. That, and the fact that she told me I wouldn't regret it. Kelly, I took you at your word. Luckily for both of us you were right ;-)
It's a fantastic pattern. Really well written and easy to follow. And the bag itself is a lovely size - not too big, but definitely large enough to hold the seemingly endless amount of crap that I schlepp around on a daily basis. I've cleaned out all the old receipts, empty chocolate wrappers and pine cones and sticks (remember, I have a six-year-old) for the purposes of these photos, of course.
The fabric is from one of the Denyse Schmidt collections for Joann's. Now I have made this bag I want to make about a gazillion more in loads of different fabrics. The problem is that I can only carry one at a time. Maybe I will print the pattern at 75% or so and make a couple for my girls. That will give me my fix without ending up with more bags than one human being could possibly need, although I'm sure many women would say there is no such thing.