Happy Social Tote

Thank you so much for your kind and supportive comments from my last post about my upcoming book. I’m so excited to share it with you all and show a bit more about it! So stay tuned…


All that aside, I’ve been missing blogging! It’s made me realize how much I love just creating and then sharing it with you and hearing about how you’ve made one too, or how you can’t wait to try a new technique or pattern, or what you’re up to next. The sewing community is just so so supportive in that way and I’m enjoying every last drop!


So I dove into some WIPs and dug out this Social Tote that had been started a while back and never finished. I’ve made it sort of a goal of mine to use up my most hoarded and favorite fabrics more often, so this project was pulled with that goal in mind. I just love the challenge of this pattern. It’s funny, even though I designed it (and feel incredibly grateful that Carolyn asked me to collaborate with her), it still challenges me.


I like to follow along with the directions and it had been a while since my last, so I had to pay careful attention! I also double checked all my pieces about a hundred times or so. I was convinced I forgot to cut something out. No missing pieces, but I did happen to forget the interfacing on the handles even though it was sitting right there in front of me! Oh well, next time, right?


I’m not sure if I’m keeping this one or spreading the love. I have someone in mind for it, but I’ll let it sit on my cutting table a bit longer until I can part ways.


Anyway, hope you’re having a great start to the week! I’m so excited about fall!

Pattern: Social Tote (designed by me in collaboration with Carolyn Friedlander)
Fabrics: Timber & Leaf by Sarah Watts (lining), Heather Ross West Hill (exterior)

Update, here’s where you can buy the pattern:




17 thoughts on “Happy Social Tote

  1. Nickie says:

    I have searched the internet to find this pattern and haven’t had success. Please let the viewers know where this can be purchased. I am surprised this was not addressed before your post.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Nickie,
      I’m sorry I know it’s frustrating. Since I don’t sell or distribute this pattern (it’s Carolyn’s) I have no control over what shops have them and when. The best I can do is to link to Carolyn’s site where she shares the shops that carry her patterns.

    2. Ginny says:

      Nickie, I’ve often noticed this pattern for sale at Pink Chalk Fabrics, here’s the link: And they ship all patterns for free too, so I often purchase patterns there. Hope that helps 😀

      1. Nickie says:

        Thanks Ginny! Found it!

  2. kristin says:

    stoppit with this one! genius fabric combo. SHEER GENIUS. way to cut into the good stuff! i have some HR fireflies that i’m not sure i’ll ever be able to cut…which is ridiculous.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thank you so much Kristin!!!! 🙂

  3. Vicki says:

    Happy tote! It is so cute. I’ll take it if your searching for a victim.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      hehe! I wish I could make one for everyone!! Thanks Vicki!:)

  4. Franziska says:

    It looks great. Mine is sitting on my desk, holding sewing supplies and waiting with me for sewing mojo to come back. I still love my social tote and am still amazed what one can create out of fabric.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Oh perfect! I hope your mojo comes back soon! And agreed, it IS amazing what things can be made with fabric!

  5. Jessica says:

    This is sooooo pretty! Perfect combo, as per usual.

  6. Katy says:

    Loving the HR on this, though not sure I could stick a pin in those wee tadpoles!

  7. I have a horded FQ of the froggy print and I haven’t been able to venture into cutting it yet. Love how you used yours here!

  8. erin says:

    i love this fabric combo, anna! this is on my list to make….

  9. Tamara says:

    Iam new to your site, my favorite is Rush hour tan… but the truth is I love them all!….Smile…Tamara

  10. kim says:

    The link for the pattern isn’t working. Does anyone know where to find it?

    1. anna says:

      Hi Kim,
      Thanks for the comment! Sorry about the link not working, I’ll update it. Here’s where you can buy the pattern:
      Paper pattern:

      Hope that helps!

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