I had been eyeing the Jane Market Tote pattern from sometime now, and after seeing Kati's bag posts (here, here, here and here) last week (yes, she has been a bag making machine!), I knew now was the time to get creating. I finally purchased the pattern for these bags (it's in PDF form, so instant shopping gratification) and thought these would be the perfect Christmas gift for a few coworkers.
The most fun part, or course, was picking out all the fabrics. Thanks to Kati, she shared with me her secret for making these bags fat quarter friendly, and my available fabric choices increased exponentially. It really felt nice to use up a good bit of my fabric stash, using fabrics that I've had laying around for quite some time now.
In using Kati's suggested alterations, these bags are just a pinch smaller than the resulting pattern size, but I still think they make a great on-the-go tote size. I also added interfacing to everything but the pockets and lining for a little added stability, and it really makes a world of difference. I also lined my pockets and folded the pockets so that a pinch of lining showed through.
Hope my coworkers dig these as much as I do, Happy Holidays!