Poolside Tote – Gone Lakeside


I’m re-naming this version of the Poolside Tote because it went Lakeside on it’s photo shoot (to Lake Neshonoc that is). I love how the colors look this time of year and by the lake on a cloudy fall day, you can’t get much better. This Poolside was made using Vanessa‘s new collection for Moda FabricsColor Theory. It’s super fresh and graphic and colorful, and of course plays so well with all her other collections.



I love making this big tote! And every time I make it, I fall in love again. I like using the quilting to stiffen things up. It makes for a really rugged tote!


Whatcha been making this fall? Up to your neck in Halloween costume sewing? I’m supposed to make Natalie a candy corn costume and Emily wants to be Olaf. It’ll be a good test at how creative I can get, I’m gonna need it!



Pattern: Poolside Tote
Fabric: Color Theory by V and Co for Moda

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16 thoughts on “Poolside Tote – Gone Lakeside

  1. Darci says:

    Finished my costumes last night! We are headed to Disneyworld on Saturday! I just have to get through tomorrow. Still do much to do.

  2. kislanykim says:

    That’s a gorgeous version. I’ve got to look at those fabrics!! Good luck with the costumes.

  3. Miss Manitas says:


  4. Daryl says:

    Anna, I love the poolside tote I made and use it almost daily as my library bag. Love all the ones you made too.

  5. Sarah S says:

    I just finished up an Olaf costume. I love how it turned out!!! I used as baseball cap for the head.

  6. Sue Moore says:

    The poolside tote is my favourite bag. It gets used for everything & I don’t need an excuse to make more!! I just have to decide on the fabric

  7. Mara Julia says:

    This bag is so adorable! I love it. What kind of interfacing did you use? I still haven’t decided on interfacing for my next poolside tote.

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks so much! In the pattern I recommend 3 different scenarios. This one I used the cotton canvas, then low loft cotton batting on top, then the quilting cotton and quilted it all together. I still used a mid weight denim for the lining. Hope that helps! 🙂

  8. Regina Roza says:

    I just love navy and the kelly green together…great combo!

    1. Regina says:

      Sorry I meant lime green…i need new reading glasses in the worse way lol

  9. Carrie says:

    Gorgeous!!! you have a gift for pairing fabrics!

  10. Pam says:

    This has been on my “to make” project list since the pattern was released. I love the fabrics on this version!

  11. Cat says:

    I love the tote. In fact (I’m new to your site) I love everything I’m seeing here. Including…may I ask where you got those adorable sandals???

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Oh thank you! 🙂 The sandals are from Kohl’s.

  12. Seriously… how awesome are your patterns!?!?! LOVING THIS!

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