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Bag Mania – Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

A couple of weeks ago my sister, Donna, came for a visit to California and motivated me to try something I have been afraid to try – make a bag!

I purchased a pattern called the “Tahiti Tote” by Pink Sand Beach Designs (they have awesome bag designs). It is 15.5″ wide at the top and 11.5″ tall and 4″ deep. This pattern was touted as “easy” but I would characterize it as advanced beginner. I was very happy to have a powerful machine as there were multiple layers to sew through (including two types of interfaces). I like the bulk of this bag – it stands up by itself as you can see!!

I used some darling fabric from Timeless Treasures as the main fabric and then found some fabric in my stash which coordinated with it.

The front has two pockets – one on top of the other. The top pocket has a zipper, the bottom pocket is just open on the top and would be a great place for me to slip my keys into…

The top closes with a zipper as well.

The inside of this bag is nice and roomy and has a plethora of pockets – six to be exact!

I’m looking forward to using this one all summer long!




  1. July 14, 2012    

    It is gorgeous and looks much nicer than anything you could buy.

    • July 14, 2012    

      Aw thanks, Kathy – you are too kind!

  2. July 14, 2012    

    It’s adorable! Love it!

    • July 14, 2012    

      Thanks, Melissa!!

  3. July 14, 2012    

    This looks awesome. You have done very well.

    This looks like the kind of bag I need to take to my school as I carry a lot of stuff (I teach, you know!!). I am NOT so good with stitching but my mom is very good in that arena! I am showing this to her so that she makes something similar for me! I will post a picture of that if/when she makes one for me!

    Hope you don’t mind, I am stealing the pattern!!

    • July 15, 2012    

      Not stealing at all, Gautami! You can purchase the pattern through the link I provided at the top of the post 🙂 Glad you like it – it is a good size bag (not huge, but large). I’d love to see yours someday!

  4. July 15, 2012    

    Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap!!! Wow! It’s beautiful and looks very practical. Thanks for sharing –

  5. July 17, 2012    

    Cute, cute, cute! So, when are you opening your bag shop???

  6. Sheila Galindo Sheila Galindo
    July 26, 2012    

    I happened to see your Tahiti tote picture on Pink Sand Beach Designs’ Facebook page. You’ve made a lovely bag. I have made all of their bags and they are just about my favorite designers.

  7. August 13, 2012    

    Super cute Wendy!

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