Woo hoo! It’s round three of the Super Online Sewing Match, and I’m pinching myself that I’m in this competition! These ladies are all amazingly talented, good sewers, with a good eye for fabric and pattern combinations!
This round had us sewing the caravan tote, a pattern by Anna from Noodlehead. I am not a stranger to bag making, in fact, I sew quite a few bags. I love the attention to details that bags require!
I actually already owned this pattern, had it all cut out, and then did nothing with it. That pile of cut out fabric is still waiting for me to sew, but I somehow felt it might be cheating to sew the pattern that I had already cut and set aside. So I looked through my fabric, and had a pair of pants I had sewn sitting in my re purpose pile. They were pants I just never reached for, but were sewn out of great fabric, Robert Kaufman Essex Linen, so I knew I could re use the material!
The bottom of my bag is the linen, and the top of my bag is a cut up canvas drop cloth (leftover from a curtain project for my son’s room). I wanted to make my tote waterproof, so I looked into how to wax the fabric. I combined paraffin and beeswax to make my own wax, and set to work. I’ll do a whole other post about waxing the fabric, but it was a lot of work, but also a lot of fun!
The inside of the tote is lined with Kona Cotton coral fabric, with the linen for the pocket. I love how Anna has a clip inside her poolside tote pattern, so I added that detail to this tote. The zipper pocket is lined with a vintage fabric from the thrift store, and the needle pocket was made with coral fabric. I wish I could say I would load this tote up with my knitting needles, but I just haven’t found my grove with knitting. My friend who owns a yarn shop says I need to change and try a different project (I’ve only ever started one knitting project). Who knows, maybe I’ll one day fall in love with knitting! But for now, these pockets will be filled with pens.
The pouch that comes along with the caravan tote pattern is such a cute pouch, the perfect size to slip my phone and wallet into when I’m running into the store. I added a little wrist strap to my pouch, and again lined this one with the vintage thrift store fabric.
Oh man, I almost forgot to tell you about the straps. They are from one of Josh’s old belts. I cut it in half length wise, measured them to size and added the straps with rivets. I also omitted the magnetic snap and instead used the rest of the belt to make a leather closure, which really holds the bag closed (I was worried it would slip open, but nope)! The leather is thick for these straps, which had me worried if my rivet posts would be long enough, but it all worked perfectly! I love the rustic feel the old, used leather adds to the tote!
That was a lot of information. Let me give you a quick rundown of all the info and where I purchased the specialty hardware:
Pattern: Caravan Tote
Lining: Kona Cottong Coral, Vintage Thrifted Fabric
Leather: Re purposed belt
Rivets: Bag For U (on etsy)
Hook: Creative Cloth Studio (on etsy)
Zippers: Zip It (on etsy)
Snaps: Dritz from Jo Ann