More totes, and another pattern GIVEAWAY!

I have two more totes to share with you, both sewn up by my awesome pattern-testing friends! The first tote was made by Meaghan, who I met through blogging and got to hang out with IRL last year when we lived in Seattle!
I think this picture is a good representation as to the size of the tote. It is a great large size without looking huge.

Market Square Tote made by Meaghan at MadeByMeaghan

Meaghan used home dec fabric, which gives the tote a bit of structure. I love the structured look! And that blue accent print reminds me of starfish. Perfect for a trip to the beach. :)

Market Square Tote made by Meaghan at MadeByMeaghan

Michelle also pattern tested for me. I haven't met Michelle IRL, but she's always so sweet when we email back and forth! Maybe some time I'll find myself in her neck of the woods and we'll have a chance to meet up in person. :)
Michelle used a really cute elephant print for her tote exterior. She also chose to fold down the front pocket (which she pieced! how fun!) so that a bit more of the elephant print would show. I love that she added a button where she folded down the pocket!

Market Square Tote made by Michelle at CityHouseStudio

I hadn't thought to use a coordinating print on the sides of the bag, but I really like this look. Michelle showed me three design possibilities that I hadn't even thought of!

Market Square Tote made by Michelle at CityHouseStudio

I also wanted to show off Michelle's interior zip pocket. This was the first time she had done this technique, and it looks great! She also chose to use a traditional magnetic snap for her closure. In the pattern I include detailed instructions for adding a sew-in magnet and some basic instructions for a traditional magnet or velcro.

Market Square Tote made by Michelle at CityHouseStudio

Now hop on over to Michelle's blog where she's giving away a PDF copy of the Market Tote Pattern!

Market Square Tote Pattern!

Market Square Tote!

Last summer I sewed up this tote bag, which I still use every day!

Echino tote

My blog post about the bag brought in a ton of positive feedback, and even a custom bag order:

Custom Diaper Bag

With a little more free time now that Addy is in school, and lots of support from some great friends, I finally have the pattern ready for purchase!  You can find it here, in my Etsy shop.

Yellow Tote NY Tote

The pattern includes:
Tips for sewing with laminates
Detailed instructions with color photos for every step, including an interior zip pocket and a sew-in magnetic snap closure
No pattern pieces! All pieces can be cut with a rotary cutter, ruler and mat!

Striped tote FMF Tote

The bag includes a large exterior split pocket, which is a great place to showcase a fun fabric.
The 28" straps are long enough to easily carry the tote on your shoulder.
The accent panels along the bottom of the bag not only add personality, but also durability. Laminate fabric is a great choice for easy clean-up!
Inside, the tote has a large zip pocket. It is so easy to install, and a great detail in a bag.

Market Square Tote

Have fun creating your own Market Square Tote, and be sure to add your pictures to the flickr group! As always, feel free to email me or post on flickr with any questions. I can't wait to see what you create!

Market Square Tote

A huge thanks to everyone who has helped me finish my first pattern! Later this week I'll share some pictures of the bags made by my fabulous pattern testers.

In the mean time, you can purchase a copy of the pattern here!

Market Square Tote