Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Modified "Madras" Tote
OK it's not madras fabric but it IS the Madras Tote pattern from Anna over at Noodlehead - it was the free pattern she posted as part of Grosgrain's fabulous free pattern month. I loved this bag the minute I saw and knew I needed to make one - I know I say that about a lot of bags but this one just looked so easy and fun. Plus it only takes a half yard each for the exterior and lining fabrics - bonus! Using webbing for the straps also cuts down on construction time.
Some little people are getting art supplies to go with a crayon maker (shhh - don't tell them) and I thought it would be fun to make them each a small tote bag to carry their supplies in. My dream is also that they might clean their stuff up into the bags at some point and thrill their mother - it's the season of dreams right? ;-)
I used Anna's directions but scaled the size down a bit - now it seems a bit more proportionate for a 4/5 year.
The measurements I used were:
exterior, lining and canvas interfacing: 14"x14"
pocket pieces: 14"x8"
bias tape: 2.5"x14"
handles: 2 - 20" pieces of cotton webbing (the original pattern tutorial says 14" for straps but the correct size is 24")
The only other change I made was to shorten the length of the gusset (boxed bottom corner) from 2" to 1 1/2". This came together really quickly and easily - Anna always writes and photographs her pattern with exceptional clarity - so I got it done in one very short nap and some extra time the the craft room yelling play suggestions from behind the sewing machine :-) It fits a 9x12 sketchbook in it perfectly and has the two front pockets for other goodies. I think we have a winner!
Now to whip up two more which might be slightly more challenging as the inevitable holiday illness seems to have just shown up in the form of a hot, coughing, puny two-year-old. It's my fault really for tempting fate by thinking just yesterday morning that we were going to all be well for Christmas. At least Daddy's here to help!
Hope your family is all healthy and that they stay that way!