Ok, so I want to make tote bags for my son's preschool teacher and her assistant. I made a little questionnaire for each of them asking about their favorite patterns, colors, styles, etc and asked what features they would want on their bag. So, they both said interior and exterior pockets, handles for hanging over the shoulder, and no main closure. This is the mock-up I made to see how it would look. Since I was making it for me, I added a few little touches to help me out. It's a mash-up of a couple tutorials on here. I used the Jordy bag tutorial as a guideline for the shape (although it's obviously bigger), and the gloriana reversible tote tutorial as a guideline for my strap/pocket combo. I'm thrilled with how it turned out!!!
Empty bag (surprisingly sturdy, considering I used no interfacing):
Straps and outer pocket, same on both sides (it looks like I have a giant arm and a tiny bag, heh):
Close-up of outer pocket:
Little thingie to hold my keys because I always end up digging in the bottom of my bag for them when I go to the store or something:
Elasticized pocket for my cell phone (I only put one because my diaper bag has 2 and I always forget which one has my phone):
Full of stuff--it holds A LOT. That's a couple diapers, a whole box of wipes, a soda, my knitting, my wallet, and some Desitin and there's still more room!:
The elasticized pocket with my cell phone in it:
Outer pocket with a giant tube of lip balm. Seriously. Giant:
See, here's the lip balm next to a bottle of nail polish. I told you. Giant.
Inner pocket with my makeup stuff:
Giant arm/tiny bag pic of filled up bag:
Sorry for the crazy amount of pictures, but sometimes it's necessary!!!
ETA: I forgot to put a picture of my little secret!! It's a skull n' crossbones!