Well, I did it. I cut my fabric I have been saving for 5+ years and made a giant tote bag. The kind of tote just perfect for holding everything you could possibly need and a bit more.
I gave it a test run a couple days ago at my daughter’s elementary school award ceremony. As most everyone knows, school award ceremonies can be…..long. Especially for a 2 and 4 year old. So I planned ahead and packed accordingly. As you can see, there was room for everything – kid activity books, magnetic boards, water bottles, and a small camera bag – quite a haul for an hour in a theatre. And this bag was up to the challenge. It was nice and roomy because of a deep boxed corners on the bottom. I interfaced my exterior vegetable print fabric and used canvas for the bottom and straps of the bag. I even reinforced the straps with extra stitching. This bag is ready to be loaded up! The pockets came in very handy too. One pocket for snacks. And one for my wallet, phone and the required tissues (someone always ends up snotty or grimy at some point). The zipper pocket might be my favorite part. I lined it was the exterior bag fabric and it was perfect for hiding my award ceremony secret weapon …. lollipops. On second thought, the key lanyard is probably my favorite part. No more digging to the bottom of a giant bag for keys….that is a beautiful thing.
All my planning and packing was a success. I was prepared for fussy and bored kids and ready for lots of bag rummaging. Though I will admit, it was a bit touch and go by the end. As soon as that ceremony was done, my little guy was dragging that bag out of there faster that you would believe.
My tote bag passed the test for “go-to summer carry everything bag.” I may even make up another one using some of my hand dyed fabrics. I loved how the solid canvas broke up the bold print and the size was perfect for me. It was a success!
But by far the biggest success of the day? This proud little lady!