When I offered to test this one I thought it would just be an ordinary tote made up in patchwork which really appealed to me but was I wrong. This is no ordinary tote. The pattern has three sizes to choose from and I chose the largest one, what I didn't realize is just how LARGE it really is. Now you all know they say size isn't important but they're lying size is important LOLLLLL well at least in a bag.
Here's my Stand Up & Tote Notice Bag.
Sizing / Finished Measurements:
- SMALL: Width at base - 8" (20cm), Depth - 5" (13cm), Height to handles - 12" (30cm), Strap drop - 11" (28cm)
- MEDIUM: Width at base - 10"(25cm), Depth - 6"(15cm), Height to handles - 15" (38cm), Strap drop - 111/2" (29cm)
- LARGE: Width at base - 12" (30cm), Depth - 7" (18cm), Height to handles - 18"(46cm), Strap drop - 12" (30cm)
When I first saw a photo of it for testing I thought it was a plain patchwork tote but it isn't. The front and back has two large slip pockets perfect for keeping keys and cell phone handy without having to search through your bag for them.
From this view you can see the two outer pockets better and the main magnetic closure.
See how much room there is in side and also four slip pockets to help keep your contents organized. There is so much room this bag will cope with all your needs whatever you need it for.
The pattern contains over 70 full colour photographs and 11 pages of clear, detailed instructions which flow really nicely and is very easy to follow.
The pattern requires you to use Soft & Stable but I can't get it where I am so chose to use fleece. Remember this bag needs to stand up so I fused a medium interfacing to my fabric then fused a fairly firm fleece, I didn't have fusible fleece so fused it on with wonder under then I fused yet another piece of interfacing but this time a light one. The result was perfect but as there were so many layers I was worried about them coming apart with time so solved that problem by quilting all the pieces in a kind of QAYG method.
The only pieces I didn't quilt were the outer pockets.
To give you an idea of the size her it is next to my heavy duty industrial sewing machine.
And there she is. I know you want one too so before you go running off to buy the pattern lets have a giveaway.
All you have to do is leave me a comment here on this post. Tell me anything you like but I'd love to hear which size you'd make. That's it. The giveaway will run until Sunday 20th September 2015.
Please Please Please leave your email with your comment so I can bet back to you if you win. A lot of people are on 'no reply' and aren't aware of it so if you don't leave your email and you are picked I may not be able to get in touch with you and will have to choose someone else.
I reply to all comments left via email so if you don't get a reply from me then you know I can't get in touch with you.
If you can't wait a week to see if you are the lucky winner then go over to Craftsy or Etsy or Lisa's site two pretty poppets where you can buy a copy of the pattern.
Thanks for stopping by and best of luck to you all.
~ Maria ~