I’d like to say that I needed a new bag to haul all our towels to the beach, but the truth is, I haven’t been to the ocean yet this summer (insert sad face *here*). No, this bag is the result of falling in love with this navy-gray canvas with silhouette birds (Birch Flight in Dusk). As a participant in the Bag of the Month club (thank you Samantha!), I got to see 6 really wonderful bag patterns before general release, and Anna of Noodlehead‘s Poolside Tote was the perfect pattern to show off this great print.
Unfortunately, I made the mistake of pre-washing the fabric. After washing and drying the lightweight canvas, the blue-grey was blotchy and creased. It was heartbreaking, but I decided to go through with my plan anyway…and pretend it’s a purposeful “broken in” look!
A quick trip to Hart’s (15 minutes in a fabric store–a record for me!) and I selected a wheat-colored canvas for the handles and Art Gallery’s Cubisme quilting cotton for the lining. (And yes, for those who know the area, I was about a mile from the ocean at Hart’s but a trip to the beach wasn’t in the cards that day…)
Since the canvas was so light, I used Annie’s Soft and Stable for some firmness. I haven’t worked with this product before and I quickly learned that a walking foot is essential! Even still, I had a hard time keeping the stitches even. I do like how the bag stands on it’s own, so Soft and Stable does the job!