The Ship Shape Tote

Ship Shape Tote 1

Yep, another bag! (And I’m working on a third one right now too, so I hope you like totes.) Last month at the Sewing Summit I was super lucky to have the chance to take Alexia Abegg of Green Bee Design’s class. Alexia is not only talented but also a very, very nice person and I was thrilled to be able to spend a couple hours with her, working on her Ship Shape Tote pattern.

Ship Shape Tote Pieces

We all cut our fabrics at home and I decided to use 12 different prints, rather than 2 like in the example. Each side of my tote has the same set of fabrics, but in a different order. The fabric is a mix of Anna Maria Horner’s fabrics (Field Study, Good Folks, Innocent Crush), Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee, Bari J’s Splendor 1920, Art Gallery Fabrics Indie and Cloud9’s Nature Walk. For the lining I chose Alexander Henry’s Heath in chocolate and added a bit of Cloud9’s Cut Out and Keep because I didn’t have enough of the crosshatch. The straps are a solid chocolate brown.

Ship Shape Tote 2

This was the first time I’ve sewn with such heavy weight interfacing. I really love the sturdy shape it gives the bag. (Mine’s a little wrinkled right now from being shoved under an airline seat.)

Ship Shape Tote 3

The shape of the tote is great too. The slight angled look is really cool and the flat bottom really lets you put a lot in the bag. I really pushed it to it’s limits when I loaded it up as my carry on on the way home from Salt Lake City.

Ship Shape Tote Bottom

I’m already thinking this will be a great pool bag for the summer. I think it will fit all our beach towels, sunscreen, pool toys and snacks and it won’t tip over and let everything spill out.

Ship Shape Tote 4

For my USA friends, I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow! I have so much to be thankful for and I can’t wait to celebrate with family. xox


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    I have the pattern on my to-do pile. I was thinking of doing it in more than two prints, so it’s nice to see how pretty yours came out. Love it!

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    Pamela Dungar says

    This is a great bag, I have just had my first delivery of Marmalade yardage so off to the cutting mat it goes.

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    Marianne says

    It turned out really nice! Thanks for sharing it!

    I’m curious to know what the heavyweight interfacing was. Can you tell us?

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    I like your fabric choices a lot. I’d like to have suche a tote for myself. This one will surely serve as an inspiration on the one I’m planning for myself (not that roomy and for my needs).

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    Your fabric choices are so beautiful, Faith! I think I need to make this bag. I wasn’t able to take the class, but I’m hoping I can buy the pattern. Yours is one of my favorites.

    Hope you’re having a happy weekend!

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