I'm really proud of this tote. (A) Because 'bag making' is totally out of my comfort zone and coming up with something that had a unique twist really challenged me. And (B) the idea in my brain worked in actuality. (Yes, there was a huge sigh of relief on my part!)
What makes this bag a little different than other totes is the fact that besides the front and back outside pockets created between the bag handles there are pockets on either end as well. A great spot to pop your umbrella, a bottle of water, or half a baguette (joking - sort of!). Plus the seams for the outside pockets are hidden behind the straps for the bag.
While the pattern for the tote is in issue 20, Love Patchwork & Quilting is offering up the accompanying zippy pouch pattern for free on their blog.
It's a very simple pouch so if you haven't tackled zippers before this is an easy place to start. And if zippers scare you, I totally get you. It took me over two years to get over my fear and make something with a zipper. I started with a pouch like this. The pouch has a loop so it can be secured inside the tote to hold your sunglasses, cash, or jam for the baguette (joking, again).
Anyway, it's good to be able to show you something I've sewn. With luck I will do more of that occupation again soon. Thanks for sticking it out through all the non-sewing fun stuff.