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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Professional Tote pattern, by Creative Thimble

The Professional Tote pattern, by Creative Thimble is an excellent design.  It creates a tote that has approximate measurements of 18"Wide X 15" Tall X 5" Deep, with a variety of zippered and non-zippered pockets.  This large tote bag works well traveling, as it is designed to easily hang on roll-able luggage, making this bag perfect for many travel situations, and other uses, such as that four letter word "work".

I've seen classes, at various quilt shops, with this design and I decided to sign up and take a class with Jan Hayman, at Cozy Quilt Shop.  Jan had made this design many times, and had many tips to share.
It was a fun class and I enjoyed seeing a variety of fabric prints and colors used to create this tote.  And everyone's tote turned out beautifully.
I used some nautical fabrics, from my stash.

And I had fun finishing it at the Mogle Mountain Quilt Retreat in Truckee (near Tahoe), California this past week.

The Professional Tote is a very durable tote, which uses Decor Bond.  This was my first time to work with Decor Bond and I really liked using it and how it gives this tote a durable feel with sufficient body to stand on its' own.  I'm already looking forward to making more of these totes and giving some away for Christmas gifts. 

The pattern contains detailed instructions with good visuals.  There are many pieces, but the pattern contains tags to mark each piece and respective stablizer.  If you are new to making bags and not able to find a class, you may want to recruit a friend and the two of you make The Professional Tote together.  And you'll have more fun  making this beautiful tote together!



wackywoman said...

It is a great tote. Love it and look at that view you had up there at your recent retreat.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

That is one awesome bag! I had to have a friend help me make a bag. With her guidance we were successful :-) It's always more fun to sew with a buddy.

Needled Mom said...

It looks great and looks like it could hold a ton of stuff in a very organized way.

Laura Martell said...

Your tote bag turned out gorgeous! I love the nautical fabric you used. Thank you for the kind words you said about my pattern and thrilled that you had such a good time making it.
The Creative Thimble

deborah said...

This is such a nice tote! I will look for the pattern, this will make great Christmas presents!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Great job on the tote Darlene!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh thanks for the info! I love the look of this tote! Now I"m going to want to make one!

Miriam said...

Great totes!!
Thank you for the link.

Marjorie said...

I love your bag. My daughter "borrowed" mine and has been using it as a diaper bag for a long time. It's a great pattern - we both love it. Maybe it's time for me to make a new one.

jdqltr said...

I have seen this bag in person... it's a wonderful bag. I have the pattern, but have not yet been brave enough to try it. Congrats on getting it DONE!!!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

Darlene....come on now....I leave tomorrow and I could have had such a spanky bag to take!!! I'd have to stay up all night if I had the pattern. Good thing I don't!!! Not yet anyway :)

Wonderful bag....you know I need one of those too!