I couldn't help it... I sewed another cross body tote this week. Why do I love sewing this type of bag so much??? This time I used another designer's pattern. This is the Teya iPad Tote from AppleGreen Cottage. I adore Damajana's enthusiasm for sewing and have wanted to try one of her patterns for a long time. I think supporting indie pattern designers is so important. This amazing online sewing community is made of real people - I love it!
I do have a couple cross body tote patterns on my free sewing patterns page, but neither of them are as professional as this bag.
The fabrics that I used were from Sweet Prairie - Sedef Imer's new collection for Riley Blake. I used it before on my September mini quilt... it's just so sweet and lovely I had to have a little bit of it that I could carry everywhere with me!
Make sure you check out Sedef's beautiful blog Down Grapevine Lane too... it's so inspiring!
Damjana's excellent pattern has so many step by step photos I don't know how anyone could make a mistake (unless they decided not to read them, lol). I've never used this technique for an inset zipper panel before and it turned out just lovely!
There are pockets all over the inside and outside of this tote, yay! And cute hardware to make an adjustable strap too.
The only snag I encountered was on the supply list. The pattern calls for 'fusible canvas interfacing,' which I could not find. But I love natural cotton canvas and try to keep it on hand (it's inexpensive and beautiful). So I cut pieces of regular canvas instead of fusible canvas interfacing and applied them to the back of my bag exterior pieces using basting spray.
When you use another layer of fabric this way (instead of interfacing) it is sometimes called an interlining. Interlinings can be machine basted to your fabric pieces too, just like non-fusible interfacing. They are great for adding stability when using quilting cotton for bags. Learn about this technique and lots more from Brett Bara's Craftsy class Design Your Own Handbag - it's one of my favorite!
So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.