Ginger and I just got a Seven Peaks season pass (it’s a small water park near our house) and I realized I needed a tote that could fit diaper bag essentials, two towels, toys, snacks, floaties…you get the drift. I needed a big ol’ bag…because Seven Peaks is a BIG OL’ STAY-AT-HOME-MOM FEST! It’s amazing.
I probably could have tried to make something up, but I bought Weekend Sewing by Heather Ross a while ago, and the book has a simple pattern for an “Everything Tote.” So I gave it a try with some Ikea fabric I got way too much of.
Ginger and I used the tote today, and it’s the PERFECT size. It’s definitely a grande.
Dirty baby hand print mirror…
Poof! It’s magically clean. Ginger is in awe.
The pattern was SUPER easy and very quick. When Ginger turned 9 months (like last week) she inexplicably started taking naps! (The sleep book promised she would so I GUESS it’s explicable) I tell you this because on Monday she took a three hour nap…THIS IS UNPRECEDENTED. And I was pretty much able to get the whole thing done in that time, and it would have been quicker if I hadn’t had a handle mishap. Imagine what I could have done if this baby had been napping for the past 9 months! Oh well. Look how cute she is.
Weekend Sewing has mixed reviews on Amazon. And there are some problems in a few patterns. For example the pattern for the Everything Tote calls for 1/2 a yard of fabric (in each color), when in reality you need a whole yard. However, Heather Ross has an errata on her website, and had I checked it I wouldn’t have bought the wrong amount of fabric for the lining. Kind of annoying. I do think that new versions have the errors corrected, but what can I say, I’m a trendsetter, I buy early!
I have made six projects from the book with success, and I think it has lots of simple, beautiful, projects. I bought it a couple years ago and I know I will continue to use it, so the book was WELL worth the price. So, even though people on Amazon go back and forth, that’s MY REVIEW, do with it what you will!
Anywhoo, the only thing I changed on the pattern was that I didn’t line the handle or the binding. Next time I would line the handle, but the lining on the binding would prove pointless, as it doesn’t show at all. Also, I would add more pockets. On a bag that big you need lots of pockets.
While I finished my bag I watched Step Up 3D on Netflix…all I have to say is AMAZING. By amazing I mean horrible. But the dancing really is so AWESOME. Can you stand those movies? I LOVE THEM. My sister and I have decided we want to abandon all else, and practice dancing 10 hours a day so we can get those sexy dancer bods. We agree we want the bodies to happen only as a result of hours and hours of dancing. Like oops, I did so many fly moves I now have a six pack.