A few days ago, I showed this picture of some cloth napkins I picked up at a garage sale. I loved the sunny happy quality of the orange and yellow flowers. I immediately thought of a bag I'd seen online and wondered if there was enough fabric there to make it.
This is the 241 tote bag from noodlehead. It was a nice pattern to work with and was well written with nice pictures to follow. The floral fabric is made from 3 1/2 cloth napkins and the yellow fabric is a piece my grandma sent me home with last week. The pattern calls for an interfacing, but both the napkins and the yellow fabric were a little thicker so I went without. They did fine without the interfacing. I added two pockets to the inside. Next time I use this pattern, I'll add 4. I like a little bag with my pockets.
I added 1 vintage yellow button from my collection but have since added 2 more. I love playing in my button jar. I'm not sure about all three of them on there, but I'm leaving it for now.
Keeping it real: most of the time my bag sits on the white bench just inside our door.... on top of a letter to be mailed, a newspaper article I wanted to mail to my brother that's been there for 3 months, a trail map from the nature center and a library book that's 2 days overdue.
I had such a giggle when I shared the picture of the cloth napkins originally. I said that I had already made something really fun and summery out of it. One of my sweet and funny readers and new blog friend Jess-hak commented: "Love the orange and yellow fabric, you should post what you made out of it....unless it's inappropriate ;)" Oh my I giggled all evening. I'm not sure what she envisioned that I could have made out of it. That made me giggle even more. Well Jess, I hope you find my bag fun and summery and totally appropriate.