totes

Go Easy Tote

Go easy tote pattern by aneela hoey

Today I'm introducing my newest pattern, the Go Easy Tote.  I've been making variations of this one for the past couple of years and it has quickly become my go to pattern for a fast make that I can't find enough uses for.  

I originally created it because I wanted a strong tote that was large enough to carry multiple wholesale pattern orders to the post office but was also easy to fold up and throw into my bag once I was done.  I find a lot of tote patterns are either too small or require a long list of materials, hardware and so on before you can get to the sewing part.  I also wanted to create a tote pattern that could easily be made from my stash.  I built up the pattern around the ability to use a fat quarter for the feature fabric.  I tend to have more fat quarters than any other cut of fabric and I like being able to pick from what I have already and audition several options (side note - I usually end up making all the options but that's another story).

Another bonus to this pattern is that there is a choice of two variations - Sturdy (see top photo) is option 1 and creates a strong, robust tote that stands up on it's own.  This one is great to use as both an everyday tote or knitting bag.

Option 2 is the Slouchy version (see photo below).  This one is also very robust (perfect for carrying all those parcels I mentioned earlier) but folds up very efficiently to throw into your bag until you need it.  This version stands up only when filled.

Go easy tote pattern by aneela hoey 2

I hope that you give the pattern a try.  You can find it here.

Happy sewing!


kit supply tote

Knit supply tote by aneela hoey 1

I released a new sewing pattern today, this one is called the Kit Supply Tote. As the name suggests it's perfectly sized for keeping together supplies whether you enjoy knitting or sewing.  The zipper opens wide so you can see everything easily and there are internal pockets on both sides of the lining; Handy for keeping tools organised and easy to reach.

The pattern has two size options - the small size will work well for keeping a project you are working on.  I think of this one as a great in-between size - larger than the average pouch but smaller than a regular tote. 

The larger size will be ideal for taking supplies along to a guild meeting, retreat or class.  You can fit several of my other pouches in this size with ease including the large size Booklet Pouch and the Flip Pocket Folio.

Knit supply tote by aneela hoey 2

You can find a copy of the pattern here.

I hope you enjoy making one!