Gingham Poolside Tote


Can’t help it! I am in love with this bag. I’ve been waiting to use the large gingham for so long! I’m excited to take this bag to the pool finally. Always have to wait until I get pictures before it goes anywhere – just in case!



This version uses the gingham on the outside, a layer of batting, and layer of cotton canvas all quilted together. In the pattern I give several different options on interfacing depending on how you like you finished bag. I am really really pleased how it turned out. It stands up on it’s own! This is a great option for those of you who want a sturdy bag that stands up when empty and still uses interfacing with natural fiber content.


The inside is some hoarded Suzuko Koseki that I nabbed at Jones & Vandermeer a while back. I kind of have a thing for that shop and want to keep it all to myself. It’s a great shop with tons of Liberty to choose from, too!

Have you made a Poolside Tote yet? I can’t wait to pop in and check out the flickr group! If you have pics you want to share add them there or use #poolsidetote on Instagram.

Pattern: Poolside Tote (by me)

Fabric: Gingham by Robert Kaufman


We’ve been park pros this summer! Note tounge held out in concentration.


10 thoughts on “Gingham Poolside Tote

  1. kristin says:

    love the gingham look! argh i haven’t made one of these yet! should set a deadline for myself, we have one pool-heavy vacation left before end of summer. hold me to it, anna!!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Yes! A pool vacay!!!

  2. Leslie says:

    Okay — I’m going to take the hint. I’ve had the Poolside Tote cut out and ready to sew for over a month now, but for some reason kept putting it aside for other projects. After seeing all the great photos of different colors and versions of this tote, I’ve decided to JUST DO IT. I love your patterns . . . and your blog . . . will let you know how this one works out. Thanks for all your ideas and inspirations.

  3. Martha says:

    Lowe this version! The gingham with the yellow are just a great combo. Gorgeous bag Anna!

  4. Amanda Jean says:

    My goodness this bag is absolutely perfect!!!! I love the quilted gingham. Also happy to read that the canvas/batting/quilted combo works so well. I still need to buy a bolt of canvas for ALL of your patterns. 😉

  5. Ompompali says:

    I love this one best of all! So so pretty and……….as I just bought your book over here in Germany there is nothing to stop me from beginning …(except time of course)! Thanks for a lovely book and never ending inspiration! You’re such a help and inspiration to me – I just love visiting your blog because I always know it will be very interesting and full of fun ideas.

  6. Nicole says:

    Just clarifying you wuilt outside fabric, batting and canvas. Lining is not quilted? Love ?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      yep! 🙂 Lining is not quilted.

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