Friday, May 30, 2014

Lotus Pond Tote

When I received my parcel of Lotus Pond, my husband rolled his eyes and said, “You need more fabric?” I answered with a straight face, “But all the cool kids have it!”

I was only half-joking. This line, from Rae Hoekstra of Made By Rae fame, is newly released, and I didn’t want to miss out. The colors are fabulous: watery blues of all shades, juicy tangerine, a preppy green . . .

I purchased nearly the full line in half-yards with the intention of making a quilt. Which is why I’m surprised to unveil my Lotus Pond tote . . .

I fancy myself more of a quilter than a sewer of bags these days, but quilts take so darn long and I have many in the pipeline already. This free tote pattern, from Anna Graham of Noodlehead, is a simple, quick sew and features two roomy pockets on the front. (Heads up: If you use a directional pattern to make this bag or make your own straps as I did, you’ll need more fabric than indicated in the instructions. Just do the math before buying fabric.)

I really loved pairing Lotus Pond with some Essex Linen. After finishing the bag, though, I looked at the back. BAH! A missed opportunity. If I could do it again, I would have used more Lotus Pond on the back. I won’t make that mistake again (oh yes, there will be another tote bag).

As for the rest of my Lotus Pond prints, I don’t think they’ll be withering in my stash for long. I think there may be a quilt in there after all.

I’m linking up this post to Finish It Up Friday!


  1. Lovely tote bag. Nice use of the prints! And thank goodness for 'next times'!

  2. This is so cute! And hurray for a quick finish! If you want to make more bags, I love the Super Tote pattern by Noodlehead. Same kind of look as your tote, but with bigger exterior pockets. But I put pockets on the front and back - can't have too many!

  3. Had to pop over to see your Lotus Pond Tote and I love it, well I love anything paired with Essex Linen so this is looking super fab - Chris :D


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