This must be the year of the tote bag for me, lol! The other day I went into my laundry room to find something and it hit me that I have a lot of new bags piling up on my wall.
And then I had this great idea that I'd show you all of the bags and what I am using them for now in this Show Off Saturday post AND in my live Show Off Saturday Facebook video at 11am EST. In case you didn't catch my first-ever Facebook live video last Saturday... it was dorky and silly but totally fun and I want to do it every Saturday now. So come see me LIVE on my Facebook page at 11am EST (I'm in Florida) and I'll show you every one of these bags and what they look like months later.
6 of these 8 bags were sewn from a free tutorial, so click on the pictures to go to that tutorial or if it was a pattern or kit, to go to the page where you can find it. Let's get started... from the first bag that I sewed up this year...
In February I stitched up my first tote bag for the year as part of our Un-Tutorials series... thanks to you I wrote a tutorial for this Japanese patchwork and linen tote. It's so unique and fun to use.
Then in March Craftsy invited me to stitch up their Garden on the Go tote bag kit from Amy Butler fabrics... that was fun plus the bag turned out to be one of my most favorite bags ever.
I added a padded laptop pocket to this bag (and wrote a tutorial for that here) which was kind of a last minute decision, but I'm so glad I did it. The tote bag by itself is pretty huge, which makes it perfect for toting along to kids activities, family events, and even to the airport. Whenever I travel I now put my laptop in it's own pocket, my purse in the other portion, and I can still fit tons of other stuff too. All of this only counts as one carry-on! The padded straps are a bonus too.
Next I had fun designing and sewing up the Convertible Cross Body Tote - again as part of the Un-Tutorials series. This was my purse for a while - it's such a great size and I love the welt zipper pocket on the outside!
Then in April I made this adorable lunch tote for my daughter. It's quilted and has an adorable lace cutwork zipper. The polyester twill personalized fabric from Joanns has held up remarkably well and I'm very pleased with it. Make one yourself with my free tutorial. :)
In April I also travelled to Denver to film my Craftsy class Colorful Patchwork Bags and Baskets. I stitched up 6 different totes in preparation for that! The one that I want to show off here and in my Facebook live video is this gigantic tote that I made from 10" layer cake squares! It's kind of funny how huge it is, but I love it.
And don't forget that our UnTutorial project that month was the famous little Car Diddy Bag. This easy sewing tutorial has been more popular than I ever expected!
Then in May I stitched up these Fish Laundry Bags with a tutorial. My favorite is the one with mesh on the body and tail. It is so much fun to carry around and so great that I can see what's inside.
And finally at the end of May I stitched up these darling 1 Yard Magic Messenger Bags. The larger one was cut from a yard of fabric (of course) and I was able to make 2 of the smaller bag from just a single yard of beautiful Flower Sugar Maison Oxford fabric from Lecien. I've been using one of the smaller totes as a purse for the last week and I am so happy every time I pick it up.
Don't forget... I'm going to show you all of these bags in person and tell you what I'm using them for on my LIVE video at 11am EST today... come to my Facebook page to see!