Are you a Kentucky Derby fan?? If so, you’ve got to get your hands on the Derby Style fabric line from Melissa of The Polka Dot Chair – it’s super cute and fun! While at SNAP a little over a week ago (an awesome creative blog conference) I took her sewing class where we all made totes using her fabric – it turned out perfect!
I love sewing totes! They come together pretty quickly, are a great way to showcase fun fabric, and they get tons of use – win win win!
A fun feature of this one is the mis-match outer material. The pattern called for the horse fabric on the exterior, but I really wanted the envelop pocket to pop, so on that panel I used the small plaid fabric. But the horse fabric was too cute to just use as lining, so I went ahead and used it for the back panel. I really love it!
I should have taken pics along the way, but I got caught up in the fun of sewing in a class group, and only snapped the before – oops!
The exterior pocket is fun – I hadn’t done an envelope pocket before, so I loved adding it on. It was easy to construct and makes for a fun feature on the bag.
The handles were attached and then covered in this special sewable paper, I wish I could remember what it’s called!
Rumor has it that Melissa will be releasing this bag as an available pattern, so stay tuned for that!
Meanwhile, if you love to sew totes, I have a few other tutorials you may want to check out: