Corduroy Maker's Tote
Wednesday, June 29, 2016
My Mom's birthday was this month, and I decided after she came to visit in April that I was going to make her a Maker’s Tote using Anna Graham's pattern. I really enjoyed making my Sheep Maker's Tote, and I thought it would be the easiest bag for her to keep her knitting in on the couch. It will protect projects from the kitties, but is very easy to access the inside.
For this tote I used this pretty Japanese fine wale corduroy from Miss Matatabi that I bought in their black Friday sale last year. It was fun to work with and has a great color palette. I had leftover binding from my first tote, so I used the same black yarn-dyed Essex cotton/linen for the binding and handles.
I knew I had to use a bit of blue to really make the blue in the main print pop! I had a bit of this blue shot cotton that I made a Wiksten tank out of (see it here), that was a perfect match! It was nice to use up a really old scrap.
I made the same two modifications to this tote as my first one. I used a non-separating metal zipper. I used a 16” zipper instead of a 14” zipper to compensate, then I covered the end with a tab. I also left off the flap pocket again. This is the small size tote.
I buy all my zippers from Zipit.
For the inside, I used the same lining as mine. I still had plenty of scraps and it matched the main print! It's Widescreen by Carolyn Friedlander in Yarrow. I also used this cute little anchor print that I bought with my Mom at one of my favorite fabric stores back in Ohio, Miller's Dry Goods.
I was a little more rushed working on this bag since it needed to be done before I went home to Ohio. My zippered pocket opening ended up being a little messy. I also used the Fusible Flex Foam by Pellon for this bag instead of the non-fusible Annie's Soft and Stable. I thought I would really like the fusible, but I actually prefer the Annie's.
These are such satisfying bags to make! I love the details and I don't even mind the hand sewing. It just makes such a nice bag, that's very functional. I have a feeling this isn't my last Maker's Tote!