Well friends, I've been a busy bee (about as busy as one can be while horizontal & exhausted most of the time). Something came over me and I decided to write the pattern for this tote.
This is such a simple bag to put together, I had to share. Just like the bag itself, the pattern writing came together easily. The hardest part was taking photos. Oh those photos! They kill me every time. It doesn't help that my patio, my usual backdrop, is not looking so great these days. All my plants are crispy and withered and I have little desire to make it better, not until a little cool front comes through and it starts to feel like fall. Once that happens, I'm sure I'll be on the hunt for some mums & pumpkins to brighten up the spot (can't wait for that!)....and a fire pit. Yes, we need a fire pit!! And some new cushions! And a spiffy outdoor rug! Sorry, I got a little carried away there.
Back to the Daphne Tote. Like I said, she's a simple one to put together, perfect for a beginner or someone who doesn't like to make complicated things (that would be ME). The trickiest part is not sewing your straps into the seam when you're attaching the bag to the lining, but with enough pins to keep things in place, you should be fine.
To make this bag you'll need about 3/4 yard of your favorite fabric for the exterior, 1 yard of another favorite coordinating fabric for the lining, some interfacing of choice (I've been using cotton duck canvas lately), a magnetic snap if you choose, a pretty button for the front, and if you want to get really wild, some piping or other trim for the seam of the bag. I included simple instructions for adding piping if you want to. Gosh, I'm really into that piping right now. I'd like to try some jumbo ric rac or maybe a small ruffle at some point.
She's a roomy bag (13.5" wide x 10" tall x 4" deep) - not too big, not too small, my favorite kind of bag to carry. Big enough for all the essentials plus a knitting project or some hand sewing. You know me, I always carry some kind of project with me. There are no fussy pockets, just a simple slip pocket or two if you'd like.