This is one of the patterns I picked up while doing some thrifting. I thought I would make the drawstring tote first but I have been wanting a cute bag to carry around my knitting and crochet projects while in public (Vain, I know.)
The pattern was completely untouched and even had the iron-on alphabet letters that came with it. I was pretty estactic for this discovery. I wasn’t expecting them to still be in there.
Since I decided I was going to use the letters for the outside of the bag, I kept the fabric for the main exterior plain. I believe it is a linen blend.
First, I ironed on the letters . They didn’t go on too well but I didn’t have high expectations given this pattern is about 40 years old (and untouched). Plus, I like the vintage look it gives the bag.
The pattern suggests you use webbing for the straps but I had enough heavy weight fabric to make my own. I did have to reposition the straps on the bag to accommodate for the letters.
For the interior, I got a bit more colorful.
The final size of the bag is approx 18″ wide and 15″ long. Perfect size for holding a project or two.
This was a very quick made. I believe it took me around an hour to make. Definitely a project for a beginner.
If I make another bag I’ll probably add an interior pocket.
I might do a little reconstructing on this one and add a snap closure. But I’m not sure it’s necessary.