My littlest sister is expecting her first baby soon, and I wanted to make her something useful for everyday Mum-life. She said she had her eye on a particular tote bag and zip case that our sister-in-law used with her first baby. So I took measurements from those items and tried to reproduce them - well, rather, make my own versions of them.
The result is this denim tote bag which involved a bit more trial-and-error than I care to admit, and a hand-printed linen case, which is quite large - big enough for nappy-changing essentials and other bits and bobs you carry everywhere with a new babe.
The bag was sewn from denim twill fabric (originally bought at Fabricabrac) and lined in striped grey and white cotton. It has a recessed zipper and some recycled leather details. The original bag had leather straps but I used some webbing tape instead, after getting some great advice and guidance from Maryanne at Made Marion Craft - thanks Maryanne! I also bought the zips and interfacing needed for the bag there.
To celebrate my new niece's imminent arrival, we joined Sarah and her friends at Martha's Pantry, which I can recommend for beautiful teas (served in vintage teapots with hand-knitted cosies) and cakes of all kinds.
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