Downton Abbey Tote
Confession, I’ve never seen the show. I know, I know…I can’t believe it myself. We don’t watch much PBS in this house (like none) and if I were to start watching, I’d have to buy the entire series, all 7 or 8 years of it, and go from start to finish. I have hundreds of books written in this era and I swear I was there in a former life. I snagged this kit a couple of years ago from the Fat Quarter Shop and it’s been waiting patiently for me to get with the program.
I used the Pink Sands Beach Designs Tuscany pattern that came in the kit and it was SO easy to follow. I really like these patterns because inside, she has these great arrows that point to which fabric is what. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve used patterns where I was like “Is this fabric 2 or 3?” and “Where the heck does this go?” Not a problem with these patterns.
This tote has a lots of inner pockets and if I had to do it over again, I’d of skipped a couple of seams that divide the pockets to double the pocket space by making two into one larger spot. But otherwise, this tote is great.
I fussy cut the fabric as best I could to make sure the Downton Abbey was center in the outside accent piece and the directional print was right-side up for the lining.
I love that these patterns use a really stiff bottom so they don’t flop over or sag. And I’m a real stickler for side seams that match. Nothing screams “home made” more than mismatched side seams.
I’ve got the Riveria Pink Sands Beach Designs pattern with a zipper top that I’m going to use for my next tote. I scooped up this adorable Loralie panel on a recent shop hop and it’s demanding to be shown off. Can’t wait! What are your favorite patterns and do you have a recent favorite tote you’ve done? I’d love to see. 🙂
Beautifully made and you’re right about the side seams! I did exactly as you describe – missed the first few series of Downton Abbey, got hooked and ended up asking for the entire box set for Christmas. Worth it though, as it’s brilliant:)
I’ve thought about that too! Now it’s on my Christmas wish list for next year. A total and complete indulgent item I’d never buy for myself. 🙂