The original version of my Sewing Circle Tote was finished months ago, and I probably wouldn't ever have blogged about it, and certainly wouldn't have patterned it, if my sewing circle friends hadn't been harassing asking me to write the pattern. So, the Sewing Circle Tote pattern is a victory for peer pressure. (But, you know, in a fun and positive way!)
I'm glad they pushed me to write a pattern though, because the bag is awesome.
The bag measures 19.5" long x 9" wide x 13" tall. It has two sets of sturdy handles, so you can carry it over your shoulder or in your hand, as the situation requires.
All of the exterior pockets have quilt-as-you-go patchwork panels, which add structure to the bag and are also just pretty to look at.
The interior is large enough to fit a 12" x 18" cutting mat, an iron, and a bunch of other stuff. Because the top of the bag is open, you can really fit a lot in there and it's easy to get in and out of the bag while it's sitting on the floor beside you.
The bottom of the bag is made with layered, quilted Peltex, which keeps the bottom of the bag from bowing too much, even when it's full of stuff. Like most of my bags, the main panels aren't interfaced. Instead the bag has a sturdy canvas interlining.
The combination of canvas and Peltex make this a pretty heavy-duty bag that may take a little time and patience to sew. I think the end result is worth it though. This is an incredibly useful bag!