While I was "in the zone" for making tote bags, I whipped up another one ready for my holiday this summer. These fun giraffe prints are part of the Laurel Burch "Jungle Songs" collection that have been lurking in my stash for several years, and teamed with a jade green Laurel Burch print for the lining they were perfect for the project I had in mind. I used my favourite tote bag pattern, "På Quiltelaup" by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa. Trying to use up my extensive thread stash as well as my fabric one, I quilted this with a YLI variegated green (shade is called "Amazon Rainforest") and black thread for the straps and binding...
...I added a centre panel of pockets to the lining, based on a pattern by Elizabeth Hartman, that I've used several times before, and added a narrow strap to hang my keys on so they don't get lost in my bag. I've had these tiny silver-coloured "hand-made" hands for ages, so as I'm trying to use up my "stash" I stitched one to the pocket binding. The top edge of the tote bag is finished off with a strip of binding using the same fabric as the straps, and slip-stitched by hand to the lining...
...I was so pleased with this tote bag. It's really roomy, especially with the extra pockets, and will be really useful in the summer when I'm of on my hols with Mr F - there'll be no-one else on the trip with a bag quite like this one. I've already got a really large Laurel Burch tote bag that I bought a few years ago that I when I'm travelling, and now I'll have two to choose from!
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