Sunday, February 1, 2015

Takeoff Tote

I was so proud of myself a couple of months ago when I was posting regularly! Well, Christmas, relatives, and a lot of sewing was going on in the ensuing months, but no posting...hanging my head in shame! So I am going to try and get back to the blog at least weekly!

This post is going to be all about my Takeoff Tote by Erin at Dog Under My Desk. One of my friends gave me some great fabric that came from Luxembourg.I decided to make my daughter-in-law a tote for her birthday. Once I cut out the Takeoff Tote, I realized that I had plenty left over to make a smaller tote for me. I reduced the pattern to 80% and off I went! It is a wonderful pattern full of photos and great instructions! The only advice I can offer is to read the instructions carefully and go step by step; then you should have no problems at all!

Here are the two totes. I didn't have enough lining fabric to make straps for the smaller tote  so I used webbing and really like the look.

Here is a close up of the large tote...perfect for a carry-on. There is loads of room for lots of stuff. Note the zipper pocket on the front. There is another slip pocket on the back.
There are two pockets on the inside. I divided it in half so there should be plenty of room for all of those important things we carry with us.
A close up of the smaller tote. Perfect size for using around town! Notice I even managed to match the pattern! Practice makes perfect!
I divided the inner pocket in the smaller tote so that I had space for my phone and  the section for all of my other junk.....I mean my important stuff!
I highly recommend this pattern if you need a great carry-on bag or if you want to reduce the size and make a great around town tote! Thanks Erin for another great pattern.


  1. Love these two totes. The fabrics and how you matched really looks beautiful. I can never have too many bags! Creative Bliss...

  2. Those bags turned out super cute and they look wonderfully practical - win win!

  3. Oh, I like them! Should I send you my address? :-)

  4. Great bags! I did notice that you had matched the pattern. :) Are your fabrics batiks?

  5. Your bags turned out lovely. I'm sure that they will get lots of use.