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Saturday, May 21, 2011

Anna's Birthday Tote Bag

The bag lady strikes again! This very generously sized, quilted, expandable, zippered tote bag is for Anna who recently turned 16. She picked out some gorgeous fabric and I put it together for her. I do hope she likes this bag as much as I liked making it for her.

Anna's Birthday Tote BagI've made this pattern dozens of times, and each time the result is a little different. For Anna's bag, I made a large outside pocket for each side and lined it with the accent fabric. The flowers on this fabric were just begging to be fussy cut and used for the first pocket!

Anna's Birthday Tote BagI thought this bird would be a nice feature on the second pocket.

Anna's Birthday Tote BagThe zippered section of the bag shows off more of this beautiful Michael Miller fabric called Belle Rose from the French Journal line.

Anna's Birthday Tote BagHere's the inside of the bag with the zippered section inside the bag. The lining fabric is also a Michael Miller fabric called Dandelion in Raspberry.

Anna's Birthday Tote BagAnd in this picture, the inside of the bag looks so much bigger because the zippered section has been pulled up making the bag an extra five inches taller! Here you can also see the strap with the swivel clip hanging from it, and all the pockets around the inside of the bag.

Anna's Birthday Tote BagI included a D-ring at the top of the bag for Anna to clip things to. The base of the bag is brown corduroy for hiding dirt and also wearing well. It has been lined with Peltex 70 which is Pellon's extra super duper stiff interfacing which holds its shape and will keep those corners sharp and crisp for the life of the bag.

Anna's Birthday Tote BagThe outside pockets are quite large and will be great for sliding notebooks or flip-flops into...

Anna's Birthday Tote Bag...or supplies for Anna's current craft project.

This bag is not for sale, but if you are looking for a great tote bag similar to this one in design and quality, please check out my Etsy shop where you'll find lots of items handmade by me and ready to go!

Happy Stitching!

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