Making Magazine No. 9/Simple : Pepin Tote

Happy Friday! I’m happy to say that today is the official release day for Making Magazine‘s newest issue, No.9/Simple. It couldn’t have come on a better day, it’s my daughter’s birthday! She’s 14!

For the Simple issue, I designed a beautifully simple tote that works for whatever you need. Honestly, if I had to choose one bag to always have on hand, it would be a simple tote like this. They’re quick to sew and are endlessly useful. I have a similar tote that I made myself many years ago that has been my go-to ever since! It goes with me to and from work, on car trips, and anywhere I travel when I need to stash a notebook and extra items that I don’t typically carry with me on a day-to-day basis.

I’m happy to be able to share this with you and hope you enjoy sewing it up and putting it to use.

I’d love to see what you come up with. I think the front pocket is such a gem in that it would be perfect for adding a patchwork block to the center or even doing some screen printing or cross stitching or embroidery on! I can already tell that it’s going to be a fun one for you to put your own creative spin on! Optional add-ons for this project are also a fun way of kicking things up a notch. Included in the instructions are a few fun additions. I love a good snap, so the front pocket is a perfect spot for one. And the lining can be made using a magnetic snap for the closure, although if you don’t have one on hand or won’t use it, it’s easy to leave without as well. I adore that about sewing, make it how you wish – however it suits you. And keep it as simple as you’d like, some of my favorite sewn items are the simplest.

I think it’s safe to say that I’ve been looking forward to this issue for a long time! I love simple and it’s always on my mind when I think about the things I own or how I want to live my life. The magazine itself is gorgeous to flip through. Again, it’s more of a book at over 150 pages in total. For sewing projects, it has quite a few fun things to stitch! I’m excited about Jen Hewett‘s Screen Printed Picnic Blanket, Aneela Hoey‘s Glasses Case and Kristine Vejar‘s Everyday Utensil Roll just to name a few. Also, for garment enthusiasts the Halfmoon Strand Dress/Top looks absolutely gorgeous (design by Meghann Halfmoon). As far as the knitting goes it’s packed, too! I’m really curious about the Lomo Shawl by Bristol Ivy. The photos and colors of both of the shawl samples are gorgeous. And don’t get me started on how warm and cozy the South Turner Hat looks (design by Leila Raven). It’s so fun to be able to look at all the amazing creativity of all the contributors, it blows my mind to think about all of it!

Hope you’re having a great day. If you’d like a copy of this issue of Making magazine, I have a few copies in my shop. Stop and grab one if you feel inspired!

This pattern will be available as a stand-alone PDF in my shop on October 30th, 2020. 

5 thoughts on “Making Magazine No. 9/Simple : Pepin Tote

  1. mere2007 says:

    I am so excited to sew this tote – it looks like a perfect match for my Very Beginner sewing skills!

    1. Anna Graham says:

      yayyy! You’ll do great!

  2. AmyC Moors says:

    What does Pepin have inside? Pockets? Lining?

    1. Anna Graham says:

      Hi Amy,
      Yes, the Pepin Tote is fully lined and has a full-width divided pocket. Optional closures for the top are a magnetic snap or recessed zipper. Hope that helps! 🙂

  3. Charlotte says:

    I cant seem to find the pattern on your shop?

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