Yesterday I decided to try my hand at making a quilted tote bag. I wanted a roomy one with lots of pockets inside and out. A friend and I are going to Cincinnati in about 10 days for the National Genealogical Society annual conference. I wanted a bag that I could use as a purse and a tote. I searched the internet and came up with a tutorial here at Moda Bakeshop. I didn't follow it to the letter, but close enough. I did have a little difficulty understanding the tutorial at first. But, I think if I made another bag it would be easier now. I've seen several cute ones on the web.
I have been collecting black and white print fabrics for several years and decided to use some. I wanted a vibrant color for the lining and found just the right fabric in my stash. The lining is really bright yellow and gold print.
The lower part of the outside of the bag forms a large pocket all the way around. I stitched down between some of the strips of fabric to form several pockets to hold a bottle of water, a camera, etc. Both the outside pockets and the main part of the tote are padded and quilted. I put pockets all around the inside of the bag, too. And, I made a little hanging pocket toward the top for my cell phone. It will be easy to reach in and pull it out. I love the results!
Now, I plan to make a little zippered bag to match to put lipstick, etc. in. I will use the black print fabric with the yellow print for the lining. I'll be all set for my trip!