The pattern calls for a pocket on the back, using the same fabric as the middle strip of fabric, but I didn't do the pocket on the backside because I didn't have enough of the boat fabric for it. But I did have a bit left to do a pocket on the inside. I used ticking for the outside side panels and back, and dark blue denim for the interior. I didn't make my handles but used a jute sort of fabric handle since I had some of it. I also decided not to do the pintucks along the sides of the bag. I didn't want it to look too boxy.
It was a little tricky to get the boxed corners correct. I had forgotten how to do it and sewed the bottom corner seams shut and wondered what in the world I was doing wrong. Duh.
But I got it figured out.
I love turning things out at the end! It's always exciting to be close to finishing and see how the bag takes shape.
I originally sewed the handles inside but I decided they were too long. Rather than try to reconstruct the bag to get the handles inside again, I stitched them to the outside, and closer together as the pattern suggests you do anyway (the top photo here). Yay! Tote bag! On my list soon is a new ironing board cover. The one I have is an eye sore, don't you think? This bag is fun and easy to make. There are so many simple tote bag patterns out there, but if you want one that's fairly easy and very cute, this is a good one. Add some iron-in fusible interfacing if you want it to have a bit of structure to it. I used heavyweight but think I'll go for medium weight next time. Mine is quite firm. My sewing machine hated me, but we're both happy now.