I love a great tote bag. One that can really schlep around the mess of stuff I'm constantly carrying instead of resorting to a million smaller bags. Anna Maria Horner's pattern, Multi-Tasker Tote, lives up to its name. Check out the 4 pockets on the outside with just the right amount of room--one for my phone, my keys, my water bottle, and my coffee cup.
I taught this bag a couple of times down at MD. The construction on this is really unique and it's best not to overthink it. Just follow the instructions--the bag doesn't really look like a bag until you're almost done.
Because of it's size, I would HIGHLY recommend heavier fabrics like canvas or denim. Be sure to pick up some bigger needles, at least a size 90/14 or even 100/16. At times you are working through several layers.
If using a lighter fabric (or a coated cotton), plan to interface the entire body of the bag. This will help with structure. And don't forget the Peltex, an extra-firm interfacing, which provides a nice sturdy bottom. I didn't cover it with fabric, I simply inserted it between the lining and exterior for a clean finish.
Interesting side note on my fabric choice, the viewfinder or View-Master was created and first produced here in Portland!
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