Things will be quiet around here while I go gallivanting off to California. AGGGHHHH!!! I'm both excited and freaked out at the same time. I know that things will be fine, but this is the first time I've been away from my babies. ever. for 7 whole days!
Because I didn't already have enough to do to prepare for this trip, I decided to make myself a new bag, my travel bag. I decided to use my pleated tote pattern because I wanted something big, big enough to carry purse stuff along with a little knitting and a few magazines.
I did a few things different this time around, and I'm quite pleased. On the pleats, I stitched them down about 2" from the top of the bag. I think this gives it a more tailored, finished look. I also made my straps differently, using this tutorial as a guide.
While I'm on the topic of the pleated tote, have you checked out the flickr group? There are some wonderful versions out there. I'm so impressed! Just a note about the pattern instructions, they're misnumbered, I seem to have left out a few numbers. Oops. All the steps are there, I just don't know how to count. I need to correct that, but haven't gotten around to it.
Enjoy your week, friends! I'll check in when I get back home.