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Mama's Got A Brand New Bag

A big trip just wouldn't be the same without an insane, last-minute craft project, right? It seems like I always come up with something at the last minute that I absolutely must make before the trip. For my family's big trip this summer, I thought it was going to be binding the giant t-shirt quilt but I actually finished that with a few days to spare. So, what did I do? I decided I absolutely had to have a new bag for the trip. Not just any bag. It had to be a Super Tote. A Super Tote in all it's interfaced, canvas layered, elastic pocketed, zippered glory. So along with all the packing and cleaning trip preparations, I made one.

On Wednesday night, I traced all the pattern pieces onto freezer paper and cut them out. On Thursday, I cut out all the many, many pieces and started sewing the straps and front pocketed panel. On Friday, I did all the rest of the sewing. I finished about 9:30 that evening and immediately packed it with all my trip necessities. On Saturday morning, we left.

I absolutely adore it. I used a wool blend suiting for the gussets. Architextures Crosshatch leftover from the backing of the t-shirt quilt for the straps and zipper flap. The lovely teal floral came from JoAnn Fabrics. As did the Cloud 9 Organic Cotton I used for the lining and pockets.

I love the zipper flap. First for how snazzy it looks all zipped up. Second for how neatly it folds out of the way when unzipped.

I did make a couple of simple modifications. I only made one set of elasticized pockets. The other set is just plain flat pockets. And I added a D ring to the front pocket so I could clip my keys to it and avoid losing them down in the bottom of the bag.

It was the perfect trip bag. Plenty of room for my camera, knitting, driving directions, snacks, water bottle, and wallet.

But, I think it may be a little too huge for everyday use. I don't need to carry around much kid debris anymore- no more diapers or bottles or spare changes of clothes. It's just my wallet, sunglasses, and a little notebook floating around in this big bag right now. So, I am of course, thinking of making another one. Maybe printing out the pattern pieces at something like 80% and making a Less-than-super Tote. Something still big enough to throw a knitting project into but not so huge that I could lose a book in the bottom of it. Maybe using this amazing fabric collection? It's starting to sound like a plan!


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