Sunday, March 13, 2011

The Winnie Tote Bag

On Thursday I found a new-to-me bag site, I fell in love with the Emily Bag which I think is an awesome alternative to the standard rectangular shaped tote bag. Needless to say,I bought the pattern and made my first Emily Bag on Thursday.
The first time I make a new bag I follow the pattern directions & I did that for my first Emily Bag.  Although I love the pattern I decided some changes were needed. Today I made another one and made several changes to the pattern. I lengthened the shoulder strap. The original size is way too short for me and as a result, my first Emily Bag is a handbag.
I also added 2 outside pockets which are wide enough & deep enough to hold water bottles and even my Nook.
In addition to the zippered inside pocket that the pattern calls for, I added slip-in pockets all around the inside lining.
Because the pleated front & back are the same, I added a removable fabric pin to the front on both the bags.
The bag has a magnetic snap closure.
This bag is huge which makes it the perfect bag for shopping, school, the beach and work. The finished measurements are:

12 ½” high from the center front to the bottom X 17" across from the top of one side seam to the other X 6" deep(bottom)  
The shoulder drop on the pink paisley bag is 9". 
The shoulder drop on the multi-colored bag is 14" from the top of the shoulder strap to the center top.

 The bag at the top of the page is available for sale.  It also has a removable fabric pin. The second bag shown is a one-of-a-kind as I have no more of the pink paisley fabric.  The 2nd bag, as shown, has sold but can be ordered.  Of course, the Winnie Tote can be ordered in any of the fabrics shown on the fabric pages on my site,  
Price: $60.00 + S&H when applicable
Please contact me with any questions and thanks for looking!