I’m saving my new Caravan Tote for next week’s trip away - because I love it. I think it will be perfect for travelling, enough room for passports, travel documents and so on but not so huge that I’ll lose everything (I hope)……..I will have to take another carry-on bag, I don’t think I can travel with two wee ones without a fair amount of clobber (particularly since my nephew is prone to travel sickness – I’m hoping that if he’s sick we can direct it away from me as spare clothes for me, as well as them, would just be too much and rather more than the kitchen sink!).
Anyhow, my new bag is just perfect. The pattern, by Anna Graham of Noodlehead, is such a good one. It is well set out and easy to follow. I stuck to it throughout with the exception of the pocket fastening – I spotted the little leather snaps on U-handbag and used them rather than metal snaps. As is often the case with bags it was the gathering of supplies, preparation of pattern pieces, cutting and so on that took the time – once I had everything ready the sewing stage was pretty fast.
I wasn’t sure how my recycled handles would look – they were rescued from a basket bag I have had for years and which was on it’s last legs – I decided to give them a go and then change them if they didn’t look right. But I like them, even though they don’t really match the pocket snap, and I like the fact that they have been given a new lease of life.
I’d definitely recommend the pattern. Here’s some details::
Pattern:: Caravan Tote
Interfacing:: Sew Hot
Metal zips:: Laverzips