Small Poolside Tote

Small Poolside Tote :: Dandelion Drift

I’m sure this is no surprise to you, but I’m a bit of a fan of Bonnie Christine’s fabric line, winged.  I’ve sewn a maxi skirt with her knit fabric (here) and a tank top with some quilters cotton (here), and today I have the cutest little tote to share with you while I’m taking part in the Winged Blog Tour! Small Poolside Tote :: Dandelion Drift

The last time I sewed a poolside tote, I popped over to instagram to get some inspiration.  I saw a few small versions of the bag and knew I wanted to give it a try eventually.  Well, when I got my hands on some more winged fabric, I knew it needed to become a cute little tote for my niece. How To Resize a PDF Pattern :: Dandelion Drift

I’m not the most tech savvy, so I asked Josh to show me how to shrink down a pdf pattern, and it is actually pretty easy.  You just hit your print button, click on the poster tab, and then type in the percentage you want the pattern to print out as.  I had asked around, and 75% seamed like a good number.  And it worked…woot! Small Poolside Tote :: Dandelion Drift

All of Bonnie’s fabrics paired up nicely with some leftover linen I had in my stash.  I love how each of the winged fabrics compliments each other without being matchy matchy.

Small Poolside Tote :: Dandelion Drift

So here’s the sewing breakdown!

Pattern :: Poolside Tote, shrunk down and printed at 75%

Fabric :: Winged Fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics, Robert Kaufman Linen

Outfit Breakdown :: Levi’s jeans, Natalie Top (blogged here), Doodle Canvas Shoes (tutorial here), Poolside Tote

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Make sure to take a look at the rest of the blog tour.  Bonnie is rounding up the posts over on her blog, Going Home to Roost.  Yesterday, Jessica, from Snickerdoodle Stew made the cutest dress for her girl, and I can’t wait to see what Jennie and Clara make tomorrow over at Clover and Violet!

  • oo, i might have to make this. so darling!

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  • it’s so sweet Teresa! I might have to do minis for my girls now. 🙂

  • that’s really cute, great shape. LeeAnna at not afraid of color

  • Such a cute bag! I love the idea of making it smaller.

  • Krista

    I tried this with another pattern piece–and it worked to print it out at 75%! What possibilities it opens up! Do you keep the seam allowances the same or are they changed?

  • Nancy

    OK! I just printed at 75% and feel like my whole world just exploded in little firework displays and marching bands! I just bought the tote pattern, and was really wanting a smaller version. Thank you so much for your brilliance! Now, where else can I use this idea? Hmmmm…..

  • Krista

    Just a follow-up: I tried this idea with another project and it seemed to work well. The original seam allowances were 3/8″, so I just reduced them to 1/4″ and everything worked out well. Some things, like zippers, need to be paid attention to because of the proportions-but it’s worth a bit of extra effort.

    I found an interesting thing, though–when I wanted to print at 95%, the program wanted to print everything on tiles–but if I went at 92%, then I was back to a single sheet size. Weird, but workable! 🙂 Thanks for the heads-up explanation on how to do this!

  • Karen

    Your niece loves her bag! After we opened up presents Christmas morning we were off to aunt and uncle’s house and I told her she could bring two toys. Guess what she chose to bring them in? The bag was a hit there too! My aunt sews and she was very impressed with your bag. Thank you so much for the beautiful and thoughtful gift!! Oh, and the size is perfect for her!

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