Another Tote Bag?

My husband came home from work today and said "another bag", eyeing his diminishing space in our coat closet....

I've been in a bit of a sewing funk lately. Not because I'm not inspired to sew anything, but because I am inspired to sew too many things! Between the things I need to sew (curtains for the kids rooms) and the things I want to sew (coats for the kids, fall clothes, pillows for their new rooms etc), I am left feeling like doing nothing at all.....except watch Project Runway and drink hot cocoa :)

So, today while my 2 year old was napping and my daughter was happily playing in our sewing/playroom, I decided to make another tote bag. I picked up some pretty home dec fabric at Joanns the other day and happened to have some canvas and coordinating lining on my shelf. I didn't use a pattern, or really think too much about what I was doing. I just cut and eyeballed it and put it together. It was just what I needed.
The result, another cute tote bag. The perfect size for library books or snacks or maybe a nice new lunch bag for work. No matter what I use it for, sewing this bag definitely helped get me out of my funk. I contemplated sewing this cute bag from Noodlehead, but honestly, I didn't have it in me to follow a new pattern. I'll add it to the list for now....

If you too are in a sewing funk, try sewing something not on the list. It's hard to stray from the list when life with kids leaves so little sewing time, but it might end up being just what you need!


  1. You are so right - with all my projects spinning around in my head, I sewed two skirts yesterday for little girls - cute, spunky fabric that only 3 and 4 year olds can get away with - they are so cute and definitely not on the list! :)

  2. Okay, I think you need to teach me how to do this! That bag is SO cute! I get a ton of use out of the one you made for me. And it is so pretty, I get lots of compliments on it. :)