I have Crafty Gemini's Must Have Tote Bag pattern. It's a great pattern. You take one yard of decorator cotton and about an hour and a half and you have a super gift for a co-worker. This time I did something a little different with my gift tote bag, I dressed it up with a pretty embroidery on the pocket. The embroidery was done with my embroidery machine (I bought the pattern from Embroidery Library) and it was super simple to add to the pocket. When I learn how to embroider monograms I can start using monograms on the tote bags.
These tote bags are a great size and are very durable. I have about three that I made about three years ago and they are still going strong. The side and bottom seams are finished with french seams and the edges of the pocket are enclosed as well as the edges of the straps so there is no fraying anywhere on your tote bag.
My gift tote bag for a birthday.
I made an extra one to have on hand.
I'm currently working on my barn quilt. I've come to the conclusion that I am not a painter. I hate waiting for paint to dry. I should have the varnish on it by Sunday.