Over the holiday weekend, I logged on to Craftsy to find that the Motherload Tote pattern I had my eye on was on sale for a mere $4 (for the 4th…genius!). I bought it in real time while I was perusing Jo-Ann with my mom, and I immediately purchased the fabric and notions I needed on the spot. 

The main reason I wanted to make this bag so quickly was because I’m heading to Deep Creek, Maryland for a weekend trip with some of my girlfriends. The second reason was for when I travel for work in the Fall/Spring. I don’t really have a bag that can hold everything I need (my camera, knitting project, a book, etc.) and then some without everything getting mixed together or bringing two bags. The Motherload Tote is big enough to fit my trip essentials and a little bit more!

My favorite features of the bag include:

  • Extended handles to hold a beach towel or yoga mat
  • Two compartments with inside zipper pocket (no more lost phone!)
  • Water bottle sling (always a pain when I’m in airport security)
  • Accessory holder for sunglasses/keys

Here’s everything I plan to take with me inside the bag:

My wallet, nook (both are kind of hard to see with black cases), some knitting, a water bottle and my camera with room to spare!
My wallet, nook (both are kind of hard to see with black cases), some knitting, a water bottle and my camera with room to spare!

This was an easier sew even though I’m not a frequent bag-maker. As much as I love the bag and pattern, my version does have its flaws. I’d love to say that the strip of accent fabric on the one side was planned, but alas it was a quick fix to cover up my misplacement of the outside pocket zipper. Additionally, it’s not as polished on the outside in terms of topstitching. I do believe that comes with practice…and patience! 

Overall, I’m really happy with the way it turned out and excited to use it this weekend.

What do you think about bag-making? Are you a fan or do you stick to garments? //Victoria

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