This morning I stitched up the first of three Easy Tote bags that I decided to make using my favorite new AGF denim, Crosshatch Textured. I paired up each of the three heavyweight denims with a Nightfall quilting cotton print and a lighter weight solid smooth colored denim. This first tote combo includes Crosshatch Texture in Rainy Night, Magical Gust in Fog from Nightfall, and the pretty peach Nextarine Sunrise Solid Smooth!
For this bag pattern I followed a tutorial on the Purl Bee Blog for their Easy, Easier, and Easiest Totes, opting for the "Easy" one that includes French seams, a tote bag lining fabric, a handy pocket, and roomy boxed out bottom. I prefer to finish my bags with a boxed bottom, but mostly chose this Easy version so I could showcase how pretty my Nightfall prints look with this amazing denim!
I stitched my bag together using the dark blue Aurifil 50wt from my Bohemian Garden thread set. While I love the contrast of the navy thread with the soft peach denim, I equally love how this particular shade of blue blends in so perfectly with the Rainy Night denim I used for the main tote bag fabric, it's nearly invisible!
Making and attaching the sweet little pocket to the tote lining was my favorite part of this bag's construction. The tip provided for creasing the lining fabric to ensure a nicely centered pocket made this step easy and fast!
The tutorial author estimates that this bag pattern can be made in just about an hours time and that was right on for me! I'm excited to make two more this afternoon before school's out!
Be sure to let me know if you give these totes a go!