Totes are my new favourite thing….

Here we go, my 1st wordpress blog post – yayyy! – & what better way to start than with a fabulous bag, ay? I thought this would be a much more fun intro than an all about me post (which can be found here if you do want to know more http://fabricah.wordpress.com/about/).
I can’t remember how I came across this AMAZING bag pattern but I did & I am over the moon with the results. 
Before I go into more detail here is a picture of me (dont laugh!) ”modelling” (pahaha!) the bag – how much do you wish you had one?? ;)

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Well you can :) This pattern was a free tutorial of the Sumer Madras Tote Bag (http://www.noodle-head.com/2011/06/summer-madras-tote-pattern.html) from the blog Noodlehead, which is run by a lady called Anna.  Anna’s blog includes a pattern shop as well as an array of bag, wallet & pouch like tutorials – when I get time I really want to try out some more!! – so go check it out.

Below is a close up of the bag to show you the fabric in more detail.  I used my fabulous Melody Miller Clocks – thank you to my Fabric Godmother Hayley (fabric godmothering to be explained another time) – for the pocket part & for a little inside pocket the right size for my phone, which wasn’t part of the pattern but something I like in a bag so I don’t have to rummage to find it!  I did actually extend the depth of the front pockets as another personal pref & added a magnetic close too.  I used dark brown bias binding for the top of the pocket, Crazy Daisy for Benartex for the main body of the bag & I can’t remember the name of the lining fabric – sorry!  I substituted the canvas mentioned in the pattern for iron on heavy weight interfacing to give the bag structure, which should be available in your local haberdashery.  I really think the fabrics go well together & give it a funky retro twist.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my 1st blog & what are you waiting for..? Leave me a comment & let me know what you think of my version then pop over to Noodlehead & get making your own! 

Mrs. Glad Rags x

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