Anna Graham (Noodlehead) has a lot of really great bag patterns in her shop, and I've been wanting to try out the 241 tote pattern for a while. So, for me, the Covert Robin mystery swap was the perfect excuse to do so.
I've been seeing versions of this bag around the web, and remember seeing at least a couple (or maybe a dozen?!) at Sewing Summit last fall that I coveted. I especially like this version, and this one. Oh, and this. Really, I could easily link to a handful more, but I think you get the idea. I love this tote design for the opportunity to play around with color and pattern. Plus, the pattern itself has a bunch of options included for different types of pockets, etc., so the varieties and possibilities for this bag are pretty much endless. And did I mention that it's the perfect size for an everyday bag?
I used fabric from Ellen Luckett Baker's Stamped line for Kokka, a red text print my mother-in-law brought me from QuiltCon (bless her!), and some of my favorite Robert Kaufman yard-dyed linen/cotton.
I snapped these quick photos then shipped the bag off across the world to my swap recipient at the end of March. I can't reveal who she is... because I'm not sure if she's received it yet! If not, I really hope she does soon. Needless to say, I have plans to make one of these for myself in the very near future.