Also in the mail today was this fabric I bought on sale from Sew Me Happy. The blues are all Grand Bizarre by Patty Young for Michael Miller. The other random fat quarter is from Amy Butler Soul Blossoms range and the solid is a Freespirit solid in Royal.
The blue fabric was bought with a bag in mind and so I decided to start cutting and make a 241 Tote. Unfortunately it was dark when I finished so the pictures have been taken indoors. I'll try and get some better pictures outdoors tomorrow.
I have to say I not only LOVE the style of this bag. I LOVE the pattern. This is the first time I've gone out and bought a bag pattern and I'm so glad I did. The instructions are clear. The pattern pieces easy to print out at home and that interfacing has given the bag a lovely structure and stability. The pattern has a version for zipped pockets; I preferred this version with just external pockets.
It's really fun using different fabrics to add interest to the unusual shape. I think the hardest part for me was top stitching down where the central area joins the side; and that was just a fiddle rather than a difficulty. A confident beginner could easily tackle this bag. I'd say a couple of evenings or a very long afternoon and you can have a lovely new bag. I am greedy. I already want more in different colours!
And did you notice I have nothing negative to say - no criticisms. No bits that went wrong or are wonky. I am completely and utterly happy with this bag. So next time you fancy a new bag do consider this pattern.