Another couple of totes that I think might fit right in on your last-minute gift sewing schedule. I’m not one for piling on last minute gifts just because I feel all the holiday cheer. I try to keep things to a reasonable list that I know I’ll be able to create in time for gifting. It’s easy for me to make a huge list of things I’d love to make for everyone, but in reality there are so many great things happening this time of year that I know some free time in the schedule will be perfect for. So maybe you’re different than I am and love tackling projects right up until the last minute. If so, a Trail Tote might be just right for your list!
The Trail Tote pattern is another free pattern I designed for Robert Kaufman Fabrics a few years ago. I think it’s popular because of its simple design and ease of use. It’s also helpful that it can be sewn up in an afternoon and doesn’t require too many extra bells and whistles. I know it can be so frustrating when you really want to make a project only to find out that you don’t have the right supplies on hand. Maybe that’s just a part of making things that I just have to come to terms with? But hopefully you’ll agree that the design elements of the Trail Tote make it worth it even if you have to pick up a few parts on your next trip to the store.
I had sewn up the large and small sizes of these totes in my fabric collection, Forage. It’s always fascinating to watch a bag come together. From being a stack of fabric and hardware to a finished project that you can use in just a matter of hours is still a treat. I think I definitely need to consider making a small version for myself in the new year. There is something about small bags that I’ve been obsessed about. Now that my diaper bag carrying days have come and gone, I do love being able to scoot around with just a few basics.
Pattern: Trail Tote (a free pattern in two sizes!)
Fabric: Forage by me (Anna Graham) for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
8 thoughts on “Forage Trail Totes”
I am working on the Gathered Clutch.
I don’t see in the directions how to sew the divider and card holder in to the clutch. What page are these directions ?
Hi Margaret, please email me and I’ll be able to help. firstname.lastname@example.org
Both of these are lovely! I just read the directions and the steps are minimal, which is great! So it does look like it would be very fast to assemble. Thank you!
Hi there! Great site, lovely blog.
I have a quick question..do you wash your fabrics prior to sewing your bags? I’m on the fence since I’d like to keep the stiff feel of the fabric but I know I might need to wash the finished bag in the future.
I do not usually pre-wash. I have some tips here though you might be interested in: https://blog.noodle-head.com/2014/04/caring-for-your-handmade-bag.html
The bags look amazing!! How the heck can your “diaper bag” days have come and gone if that’s you in the pictures????? I can’t wait to try the pattern. Thank you very much!!
This looks like such a nice bag! Thank you for sharing.
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