I finally finished my second Stow It All Tote from Chris W Designs. I have to say the pattern is relatively easy but the faux leather was a challenge. But before I talk about that bag, let me show you the other Stow It All Tote I made.
I love the look of prequilted fabric on this bag. The first two that I made were made from prequilted fabric, too.
The butterfly fabric is a remnant of upholstery fabric. This bag is a perfect place to showcase it.
I think it is a very striking fabric but there are limited bag patterns that I can use it on because the butterflies are pretty large. But, this bag is very large, too. It measures 16" wide, 12" high and 4.5" deep. On this bag, I divided the front pocket into three compartments and the back one into two. You can divide them any way that works for you.
The top of the bag is closed with a recessed zipper. I like the peek of lining fabric around it. I used a double zipper on this bag.
The bottom of the bag has bag feet.
The inside of the bag has a divided slip pocket highlighting the outside fabric on one side and a zipper pocket on the other.
Here is my second tote. Same pattern but not the same ease of sewing. I love this black ostrich faux leather that I got from Norwalk Fabric Outlet. I have used it as a small part of other bags. I decided to try an entire bag from it. I then decided I would combine it with upholstery weight (heavy) suede that I would use for some of the more thicker areas like the straps and strap tabs. I used it on the flap, zipper panels and zip tabs as well to make it a more cohesive look. That worked out better but I ended up having to take out the boxed corner of the lining to get this bag turned inside out. Now that it is done, I do love it but I won't use this heavy of a faux leather for a whole bag again.
I used another double zip on this bag.
This second bag is a special order. Since I won't be using this faux leather on a full bag again, they will have a pretty unique bag.
You can get this pattern here.