Pattern: The State Street Tote by Bari J.
Fabric: I used a lot of different fabrics for this- mostly Anna Maria Horner Good Folks and Drawing Room, Joel Dewberry, and Heather Ross. The inside is lined with Densye Schmidt County Fair canvas.
When I fist saw that Bari J. came out with sewing patterns, I fell in love with this tote. I loved how you could make it patchwork or make it out of a single fabric. I made this tote for my partner in the Urban Home Goods Swap. She likes warm colors, so I chose lots of oranges, yellows, and reds. These really aren't the colors I am naturally drawn too. I am definitely am more attracted to cool colors, but after finishing up this bag I am totally sold. The size is good- not too small or too big. Plus, I love the outside pockets of this bag.
The pattern itself is very well written, and I didn't find any errors with any measurements or directions. You can also use a spring closure for this bag, which she gives directions for as well. I used a magnetic snap for this one, but I definitely want to make one for me with the spring closure. I love the thought of my bag staying opened or closed.
As much as I love this pattern, I don't know if I would recommend this to a beginner. There are a lot of layers to this bag, which I think would be tricky for someone not experienced with making bags. Also, there is no doubt in my mind that you need a walking foot to make this bag. It definitely saved me when I was sewing the outside of this bag together. I think there were something like 8 different layers being sewn together at one time. The only thing I did differently for this bag is that I used cotton batting instead of fusible fleece that she recommended, since that is what I had on hand. I just spray basted it on, and it worked quite well.
I also made a little fabric origami flower pin to spice up the front a bit. You can find the pattern for this flower here. Just watch your fingers. These are pretty fun to make, but I always get myself with the iron!
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