Apparently, working on something less stressful means making my own pattern? Several weeks ago, I stumbled across this Trendy Chalkboard Tote tutorial and have been thinking about it ever since. Instead of using the instructions, I used her finished bag as an inspiration for my own design.
The fabrics for this tote are a heavyweight, home decor fabric (it’s almost canvas-like), chalkboard material, and a cotton print from my stash (it was originally a skirt panel that had a beautiful print, but seeing that it’s been sitting in my stash for years, I decided to sacrifice it for this project)… I skipped the interfacing since the exterior fabric was so heavy and I just didn’t want to wrestle around with something stiff. After deciding on a finished size (14″x20″), I pieced together the front panel (since chalkboard fabric doesn’t fray, you could easily skip this part and just applique it) and added wide, 4″ sides. Before attaching the back of the bag, I added one more ‘fun’ element – a back pocket to hold chalk and a pen.
So, who’s the lucky recipient of this bag? Easton’s pre-school teacher this Valentine’s Day! I am always seeing her carrying several totes into her classroom in the morning and I figure teachers get enough candytreats around the holidays so why not make her something useful? Hmmm, now what can I stitch up for “Teacher Appreciation Week”?