I"ve been wanting a tote bag big enough to take my laptop to work for so long. I really should have gotten around to making it before now, but it kept falling down the list while I thought about what pattern? what fabrics? just how big?
I saw Di's wide tote when we met up for a day in York last summer and knew that it was about the perfect size. Her bag was made from the Elizabeth Hartman Perfect Pleated Tote pattern. In the end I decided to go with the tall tote version so I can sling it over my shoulder and it is a perfect fit for the Macbook Air I use at the office.
Of course, it's way too pretty to use only for work so I'm quite sure it will get plenty of other outings too! I chose to work up the QAYG panels from my Bonnie & Camille scraps and paired them with some Essex Linen in denim. I just love the combo!
If you are looking for a pattern for a QAYG tote this is another good one to choose. Although the instructions are in what seems like a rather overwhelming 80 steps, each step is detailed and very well explained and importantly, supported by photos you can helpfully refer to. The double pocketed lining in the pic above was a cinch to whip up with such clear instructions.
My only area for concern is the topstitching on the very top seam of the bag. With the placement of the magnetic snap so high on the facing, it was almost impossible for me to get a good line around the snap with my machine and if I were to show you, you'd see a very jagged and wonky topstitched seam. It kind of bugs me, to be honest, but since the stitches blended in quite well to the textured weave of the Essex linen I don't think anyone else will notice. Might have been quite different if I'd used another solid to add the contrast to the QAYG. Next time, I think I would fit the magnetic snap lower down on the lining fabric instead to avoid this issue. Other than that it was a great pattern with nice easy steps to follow.
So, that's my second bag done and dusted. Thanks for the inspiration of your gorgeous version Di.