Rain Walk Fabric

Rain Walk Poolside


Here’s my most recent Poolside Tote finish, in my fabric, Rain Walk. I think this coral is just the perfect statement for this tote. It’s bold and happy! I enjoyed pairing the fabrics for this version. Although I’m sure there’s about a million more pairings I’d like to sew up someday. The handles are Robert Kaufman Waterford Linen in Natural which is a really nice weight linen that’s a bit heavier and is 55″ wide. The lining is Reflect in Pink (from Rain Walk) and a little splash of Cirrus Solids in Coral.


I used byAnnie’s Soft and Stable in this version as well. I know I’ve mentioned this before, but it’s the perfect match if you don’t want to quilt the exterior pieces, yet still have a sturdy stand-on-its-own tote. Of course, I do love the look of a quilted Poolside, too.



A little tip I can mention is that once you have the exterior and lining complete, sew the gusset seam allowances together. Place the lining and exterior wrong sides together (you’ll be placing the base of the exterior and lining together) and sew within the seam allowance of the gusset. By doing this, the lining will stay down in the bag no matter what. I often do this with any pouch or bag. It’s kind of an awkward step, especially with zippered pouches, but I almost always do this unless I’m in a huge hurry. Sometimes it isn’t so convenient, especially if you’ve made a mistake in a previous step, just one more row of stitches to rip when you need to go back and fix things. I only know that from experience. Anyway, give it a try on your next project, you might like it.


Pattern: Poolside Tote
Fabric: Rain Walk (Ripple in Coral), Reflect (Pink), Cirrus Solids (Coral)

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Poolside Tote Pattern in Rain Walk by Anna Graham



11 thoughts on “Rain Walk Poolside

  1. What I do for my poolside tote (and almost every bag), is to put a layer of Fast2Fuse (medium) between both bags, so they are ironed together at the end… really nice and stiff this way!

  2. Mad says:

    Gorgeous! Love the fabric, love the design!

  3. Sue says:

    I’m really loving this one, Anna! I need some of that fabric!!☺️

  4. Carla says:

    I’m crazy over this bag! So gorgeous

  5. Lynda M O says:

    Inspired fabric choices. Love the pattern as well. Thanks for sharing.

  6. smonakey says:

    This is one of my favorite bag patterns & I love this color combo. I’ve already got your pattern. Now I’m going to have to order some of your fabrics & get cutting.

  7. Such a beautiful combination! I’ve been eyeing these totes and now must make one before our trip to the beach this fall. Thanks for providing such wonderful patterns!

  8. Leslie says:

    I didn’t understand what you meant about sewing the lining and the exterior together at the gusset. I purchased this pattern some time ago but am just now getting ready to sew. My lining choice is a bit slippery so this tip may be what I need to be successful. Sorry to be dense, and thanks for any clarification. Maybe I should just follow sentence by sentence when I come to that place in the construction. Thanks again. I love your patterns and your blog. Very inspiring!

  9. Dear Anna Graham, I have visited one of my friends, who has a quilt shop in Sweden, Lapp-Eliza Quilt, and she had your book for sale, Handmade Style. I have been following your blog, and like your Creations very much.

  10. Kathi Springmeier says:

    Hi Anna! If you use Annie’s do you also put an interfacing like Sf101 on the main pieces first?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Thanks for your comment. When I use the soft and stable I baste it directly to the wrong side of the main pieces. I would note that I use canvas weight on most of my bags, if I were to use quilting cotton a layer of SF101 would be helpful. 🙂
      Hope that helps!

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