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My New Writing Tote is Finished

My New Writing Tote is Finished

I had hoped to have this writing tote finished before the middle of September as I wanted to be able to take it to the first fall meeting of the local Writers’ Society but after I hurt my arm, the pieces I had cut out and sewn together got set aside.

This week, I started working on it a little at a time.   There are still things my arm doesn’t like to do and if I sew for too long it starts to ache… but a half hour here, a half hour there and I managed to finish it yesterday morning.

It’s too late to qualify as my September ALYofF (A Lovely Year of Finishes) Goal but I think it might still be considered as a finish for 2015 Finish Along Q3 as the deadline for linking up Q3 finishes is Oct 6th.  If not… a finish is a finish and I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

My New Writing Tote

The oh so appropriate fabric is Typewriter from the Black and White Collection by Cotton + Steel.  I purchased a yard of it and a fat quarter of Study Hall (from the same line) with a gift certificate that I won from Mad About Patchwork back in April.

I used Study Hall for the sides of the tote.

Sides of my new writing tote

It was also used for an inside pocket to hold pens.

Pocket for pens in my new writing tote

Black pen for writing/taking notes, red for editing and the big one in the middle holds tiny post it notes to flag different sections of my manuscript that need more work or research.

The rest of the tote lining was made from a fabric line called Noteworthy by Sweetwater for Moda Fabrics.  I chose it because one of the notes on the fabric says “Write a Book.”

Slip pocket in the lining of my new writing toteI centered that quote on each of the front and back lining.  My first novel is written and in the editing stage.  But it won’t be my last so that quote will be an encouragement for all the books to come.

On the front lining, I added a large slip pocket for holding notepads or perhaps a composition book.

The small pouch holds my business cards.

A zippered pocket was inserted into the back lining to hold small objects that I don’t want accidentally falling out of the tote.

Zippered pocket inside my new writing tote

Now I just need to make a matching pencil case from the Study Hall fabric and figure out how to cover that old portfolio (pictured below) with more of the Typewriter fabric  and I’ll be ready for this month’s writers’ meeting.

Writing Tote ready for next meeting



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  • Jennifer
    October 7, 2015 2:23 pm

    The fabric is perfect, as is your tote.

  • Silvana
    October 4, 2015 10:53 pm

    Love it! Fabrics are amazing!

  • Afton
    October 4, 2015 10:17 pm

    What perfect fabric selections!

  • FWFS
    October 4, 2015 10:37 am

    Oh my goodness I love your tote! The fabrics are seriously perfect for this project! We featured your project over on the FWFS blog today! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by and linking up!
    -Lindsey FWFS

  • Lindi
    October 4, 2015 11:06 am

    Love the fabric! L

  • CathieJ
    October 3, 2015 9:03 pm

    Wow, that is a great tote. I love the fabrics you chose. So appropriate.

  • Flashinscissors
    October 3, 2015 5:52 pm

    I love all your fabric choices here! You can never make too many pockets! I just love the pouch for your business cards.
    Great tote! Congrats on writing your novel! Barbara xx

  • Rachel
    October 3, 2015 10:51 am

    Oh my gosh, that is SO CUTE!

  • Amanda
    October 3, 2015 9:34 am

    How perfect are those fabrics for a writing tote?! I would be so inspired by that every time I saw it.

  • Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts
    October 3, 2015 9:00 am

    Oh, wow! I want one of these! I love all the special touches you put into making this tote! You seem to have thought through all the details and knew exactly what you wanted. Congratulations on the novel and good luck getting it edited and published.

  • HeathersSewing Room
    October 3, 2015 2:41 am

    I really like your choice of fabric in this bag, it looks amazing. The pockets inside will make it a very useful bag that I am sure you will use a lot.

  • Kathy
    October 2, 2015 11:30 pm

    Super cute tote. Love your choice of fabrics. You have inspired me to make one of my own.

  • Anja
    October 2, 2015 8:37 pm

    This is a great tote. I love the typewriter fabric.

  • Sandra
    October 2, 2015 7:58 pm

    Congrats on the novel!!! I do love this tote and all the special extras you incorporated. Terrific fabric!

  • GeminiJen NZ
    October 2, 2015 6:39 pm

    Very very cool – your fabric choices are really cool, I love the typewriters too!

  • Susan
    October 2, 2015 5:58 pm

    Nothing like having the right tools for the job. =) Now I’m interested in that book! What kind of book is it? Do you have a panel of readers from the writers’ group? Best of luck in going through the editing process! That’s almost harder than the original writing, I think.

  • Mary Anne
    October 2, 2015 5:42 pm

    I think your tote is absolutely inspired – and it should be a great inspiration to you as you’re writing too. To say nothing about that wonderful coffee mug!!! Now if that were Eeyore, I’d be all over it!

  • Christine M
    October 2, 2015 5:37 pm

    I love your bag. What fabulous fabrics you have used.

  • Rachel
    October 2, 2015 3:22 pm

    I’m sure you’ll enjoy using it for many years, being inspired all over again by the lining!

  • Rebecca
    October 2, 2015 3:09 pm

    Beautifully made. What a buzz to share it with people like us who appreciate it.

  • Penny
    October 2, 2015 3:04 pm

    Love it! What an idea! Enjoy!

  • Nancy from PugMom Quilts!
    October 2, 2015 1:33 pm

    Your typewriter tote is simply FABULOUS!!!! I have some of the typewriter fabric too… I may have to copy you and make a tote bag.

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