Holy Hera is it HOT in Philly. I'm in no way complaining, because I HATE being cold. Like, hate. With a vengeance. So, even though it's a scorcher, and I'm pretty sure it'll stay above 90 degrees through the end of August (jusssst a prediction based on the fact that it didn't really dip lower than 40 over the winter. unheard of around here...), it didn't stop me from spending some crafty time.
I spent a lot of time stitching (since it's even really too hot to anything else), but on Saturday afternoon, since I was tooootally procrastinating from cleaning my bathroom, I decided to do a sewing project. Way better than cleaning the bathroom.
I saw this tutorial for a tote bag over at Sew4Home and decided that I had to make this bag. Just because. I had some fabric laying around that I'd bought with the intent of making a new nook cover for myself, but was over that once I saw this tutorial.
I.love.this.bag. I have no idea what I'll use it for, but I can't wait to use it. I tried it out (you know, like any normal person, I walked around my 2nd floor hallway all sassy and whatnot with it on my shoulder), and naturally, it's amazing. It actually fits a file folder in there with no trouble, so I might make this my new travel bag for work, since it's much, much lighter than my briefcase, and I could just shove my wristlet and cosmetic case in here rather than carrying my big purse, too.
Here's the inside of the bag. Oh so cute. The dimensions of this bag are approximately 18" wide by 17" high. Not so small it only fits your lip gloss, but not so big it fits a small child with no problem. Just right.
As I'm sure you've guessed, I've already thought of ways I'm gonna make this just a smidge different the next time I make it. The original tutorial has you put ribbon on the handles and two smaller pieces as tie closures. I was over the ribbon, so I eliminated it all. Plus, without the ribbon, I don't have to worry about it getting ruined in the wash, b/c yes, this is 100% cotton and therefore, washable. Clutch.
If any of you stitchers out there are sewers and need a quick gift for someone, or just want to make yourself something funky and fun, head on over to Sew4Home and grab the tutorial to make this bag. It's easy, and didn't take nearly as long as I anticipated.
I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! 4th of July festivities have started already, since the holiday is on Wednesday, so I think a lot of places did stuff this weekend, and others will be next weekend. I went down to Penn's Landing in Philly to see the fireworks display, which is always a good time.
Stay cool if it's hot where you are, and enjoy your holiday! I hope to post this week with stitchy progress, so stay tuned!