Pattern Review: Le tote bag

April 17 , 2013 by: Ryan Review

So I have been using a gross old cotton bag to take my lunch to work, it is actually an old navy purse I bought when I was 15 and had no sense of style, and it transitioned into a lunch bag somehow.  I sort of detest it and it was getting to the point where I’d rather carry a target bag than my old nasty cotton bag, I could feel people at working gawking at its ugliness.  So on my saturday meanderings around the fabric store I came across this nice Green Pepper pattern, and I eagerly gathered the notions needed.



I made the smallest bag, there was a choice of (S, M & L) and it only used 1/2 yard of fabric, it did call for 2 5/8 yards of webbing for the handles.  I opted for a nice heavy, navy blue canvas, it was a delight to sew, and it looks great. (Thats me tooting my own horn for excellence in fabric choice.)


I really cannot underscore how easy this was and it turned out beautifully. It took me about an hour total, start to finish to clean up.  I am certainly going to make this again.  The larger sizes would be perfect for a beach bag and it would also be very easy to add customizations to.  And as you can see from the picture ^^ it is ‘Great for Gifts!’

Ah I hate to be the bearer of bad news but this pattern does have a downside.  Even though the pattern includes 3 sizes once you cut the smallest one you will not be able to use the larger ones. So since I cut the small first if I want to make a large I will have to buy another pattern.  However I will gladly do this because I like the pattern that much.


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