I participated in this Weekender Tote Sew-a-long hosted by Leah of Sew Spoiled. My very first sew along, i had an amazing time making this tote and am very thrilled with the result. I initially was wondering if this would be too complicated for me to try. But thanks to Leah's wonderfully written pattern and tutorial and questions and photos by everyone who participated this felt really easy. The schedule was just not stressful. I'm surely making this again and will be following a similar weekwise schedule. In my eagerness to see the finished product i tend not to enjoy the process and usually end up making mistakes.
The only problem i faced was with the iron on heavy weight interfacing(the one which is used for collars). I ended up with pin pricks on my fingers. I really wished fusible fleece was available in India. But this pattern was too beautiful to be worrying about non-availability of certain materials. Maybe next time i'll try it with polyester batting.
Here are pictures of some of the steps
Fabric Choices - Four fabrics were to be chosen but i just couldn't decide on the fourth one to go with these three. Three works well too. These cotton fabrics are from Raja Bahadur Mills,Pune. Their store is near Zilla Parishad.
Pattern pieces cut out
Finished outer shell
Magnet Clasps attached to Lining
Lining sewn to main body and turned right side out
Finished bag Yaaaaaaaaay!
Thank you very much Leah for sharing this wonderful pattern with us!