Now that summer is in full swing and the farmer’s markets are filling up with summer vegetable, fruits, flowers and other local foods, I wanted to make a fun tote bag that was large enough to carry all of my purchases and be comfortable to carry for my weekly market visit. I found this bright summer ikat chevron linen blend fabric for the bag and a coordinating salmon polka dot for the lining of the bag. The lining is a stiff outdoor fabric which adds extra body to the bag and is water resistant which makes it easy to clean. Though I often invent my sewing projects this time I chose this McCall pattern for a quick sew. Since the lining is already stiff I skipped the interfacing step of the pattern instructions. Even though I am a fairly advanced seamstress, I have to admit the black and white drawings in the instructions took a little bit of studying to follow. It is however, a brilliant method to creating a quick and polished looking bag so I encourage you to give it a try. My photo tutorial in addition to the pattern instructions should help you zip through it seamlessly. Wait, you will need seams so maybe not seamlessly. . . Anyhow, from start to finish, the bag took less than two hours. It turned out perfect and Saturday I took it for a test run with my daughter, Emily to show you the finished bag in these photos. Happy beginning of summer! ~ Lia
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