Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Sophia Beach Tote....

they tell me that Summer is coming...so I figured I better get ready in case it actually does come !!

What better way then with a new Beach / Swimming tote....here is Sophia !!
The pattern is by Swoon Patterns
This is a big bag !!! (18" x 18" ) 
I have two beach towels in there & there is still lots of room!
Just to show you how big...here is the outer fabric on my cutting table! I was worried at this point  but in the end it turned out to be a good size.
What I found cool about this pattern is that the straps are one long piece & they weave through little tabs & buttonholes which allows them to move to hold a towel or in my case ..my Aqua-jogging belt.
Tabs along the bottom ...
 Buttonholes or oval eyelets for the top...I opted for the eyelets because I was dieing to try them. I have to admit it took a bit for careful cutting ( a few prayers) to get them in ....I found stitching a few millimeters wider around oval marking, helped keep the 3 layers together & I could cutting the hole out easier...this is a test of patience..no quickie here!
The exterior normally has a pocket on the front but since I didn't want to take away from my cool hippy fabric...I put the pocket inside instead. 
The other side has a zipper pocket.
Since I had a little bit of fabric left over...I made a small pouch to go with it  ( for lotions & things)
I machine embroidered a little design on it...sorry I don't remeber where I got it from ...it was a freebie from somewhere ??
The pattern was easy to sew. I used faux leather for the handles & bottom,  deco fabric for the exterior ( I got it a the Fabric market in March), cotton for the interior & thermalan for the batting (Bodenvlies) 
Summer can come..I am ready !!
( this would also make a great yoga bag for those that can bend their bones! )
Happy Sewing !

*** I am linking up with TT- Taschen und Täschchen


  1. the bag looks great........well done...........

  2. So bright and cheerful. I love it Liz. I am currently making a Swoon Bag that Is new to me. Another fun color of faux leather, too.

  3. Oh I Love this! I really like the straps what a great idea. And your colors are perfect. The umbrella bag makes a terrific addition.

  4. What a great bag and little pouch combo! I love the faux leather!

  5. Gorgeous!! And so fun! I love that pink faux leather, too. I also love your little matching pouches.
    You are amazing!!

  6. Beautiful bag! Love all your fabrics.

  7. Beautiful bag! Love all your fabrics.



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