It's no secret that I love making bags.......I mean LOVE it! I've picked up a few tips in my bag making adventures, the most important of which is to choose the right fabric! I rarely, if ever, make bag exteriors with quilting cottons. I always prefer to use a home dec, linen, or canvas--something sturdy to stand up to being tossed around. I am super smitten with Cloud 9's canvas line, Geocentric. Not only is the canvas perfect to make bags, but I love the bright colors and simple, modern prints.
I was SUPPOSED to be making a Pretty Pleats Reversible Tote designed by my good friend, Michelle, but there was a, um, cutting error. What can I say? I'm human! No matter how many bags I've made, I still make mistakes! This time, I accidentally taped the pattern pieces together incorrectly and cut out something that shouldn't have been. Michelle's pattern is awesome and easy to follow and I have totally rocked it (the right way) before:
See? I can follow directions, really! :) Anywho, I had a Tim Gunn moment and decided to make it work! The resulting three totes are a bit smaller than Michelle's design, but functional and cute all the same!
I even took the extra time to put my labels in these bag! Usually, I'm too lazy to put my labels on bags, but I do like the "finished" look they give.
These totes ended up being the perfect size to take to the pool or run a few errands. The strap fits over my shoulder and the bag profile is slim and unobtrusive. Since the GeoCentric line is canvas, the bag holds it's shape well without being stiff. I see these bags making many appearances this summer!