Project #1: Trail Tote

In a burst of creative energy, and with the added excuse of being near a fabric shop I love, I picked up the fabric for one of my first projects of the year.

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I have loved Noodlehead’s Trail Tote since I first saw it last year while browsing Pinterest. I’ve made a few simple bags in the past, so I’m familiar with the general construction, though I am not a master at this like Anna is! I like the simplicity of the look of this bag and the size. It’s not too big to become a black hole, but it’s big enough to hold my daily essentials.

Here’s what I picked up.


  • Fabrics:
    • Cicada Song – Forest by Rashida for Cotton + Steel (x) – This is going to be the outer fabric. I love the quirkiness of the bugs and think it will transition well from spring to summer.
    • Palm in Dusty Blue by Sarah Watts for Cotton + Steel (x) – This will be the lining for the zipper pocket and interior pockets. I’m also considering adding a key leash and zipper pouch, so if I have enough left over this fabric will be utilized for those.
    • Kona Solid in Pickle (x) – The pattern calls for four different fabrics, but I wanted to keep the colors minimal. This will be the lining and strap fabric.
    • Pellon SF101 White Shape-flex Woven Fusible Interfacing (x) – I love this interfacing. It is my go-to when needed to make something have a bit more body.


  • Notions
    • Everything Mary Swivel Clips (x)
    • Everything Mary Square Rings in Onyx (x)
    • Everything Mary Rectangle Buckles in Onyx (x)
    • Sewology¬†Magnetic Snaps (x)
    • Coats & Clark All-Purpose Plastic Zipper in Natural (x)
    • Sewology¬†Gray Maxi Piping Tape (x) – The pattern called to make your own piping, but I’m not about that life yet. I picked this up for $1.79, which is totally worth not having to monkey around with trying to make it myself.

I’m hoping to get things rolling on Sunday after a busy weekend of Gala events for the Junior Chamber of Commerce. More on that later!

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