Last year, I stumbled upon some amazing fabric designed by Heather Ross. From sea turtles to mermaids, the ocean inspired fabric is 100% cotton and super soft. Since the fabric line is now discontinued, it can be pretty hard to come by. Luckily I scored some a little while back. It’s been sitting on my shelf for some time now and about a week ago, I finally decided on a project. A tote bag!
The outer part of the bag is quilted, as well as the outer pocket. These quilted pieces give the tote extra sturdiness, which I find is a requirement in a good tote bag. I really wanted to feature the mermaids as they are my favorite part of the entire bag. While the handles are not quilted, they do have a layer of batting for some extra support.
The lining (and handles too) is this super cute sea horse pattern. I really cannot get enough of this fabric line!
This project was a lot of fun! I think I am officially hooked on sewing. Compared to knitting, sewing is light years faster. Almost like instant gratification. I was chatting with my Mom the other day and I confessed that I may have a new addiction to fabric. She commented that I just have an addiction to textiles in general. Needless to say, I have many more bags lined up to make. Can one really have too many bags?