Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Professional Totes

I had this terrific idea for Christmas presents this year, the Professional Tote, a pattern by the Creative Thimble. I had purchased the pattern a couple of years ago because I saw a completed bag and I just knew it would be the perfect "personal item" for my airline travel. I am happy to tell you that the pattern works perfectly! It looked really confusing at first, but as I progressed through, each new step made perfect sense -- almost.
The bag has just about every type of pocket imaginable: a zipper pocket, water bottle pockets with cord stops, magnetic snap pockets, a key fob, and
a very handsome inner zipper compartment that is the exact right size to hold my laptop. I carried mine on the airplane over the holidays, and it was just right! The down side, I suppose, is all the interfacing that makes the bag so sturdy. I recommend this well thought out pattern to everyone. Just be prepared to have it take a while to complete, and don't start three bags on Thanksgiving weekend hoping to have them all done before Christmas.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Gail, Jan Krentz and I have decided to make one of these Prof Totes. I started on mine a few days ago, spending 3 hours just cutting the main, lining, interfacing, and contrasting fabrics.

I found that the directions are really pretty good, but I had to really read each step and understand them before doing anything. Yours is great, I'll send a photo of mine once I get it done....when I get it done....if I get it done!