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The Côte d'Azur Tote Bag

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Named for the famed beaches of the French Riviera, the Cte d'Azur Tote was inspired by my ongoing passion for the water-but is proving itself a great addition to my repertoire for sewing retreats, mothering & kids (with their endless supplies), brunches on the weekends, quick trips to the grocery, and working afternoons at the coffee shop when I want my planner, notebook, laptop & notepads for ideas with me. I wanted a tote with real presence and substance; this one uses a nice, stiff interfacing to give it some shape and allow it to stand up on its own. There isn't even stuffing in it in these photos, just the body of the bag! It's fully lined, and has an optional interior pocket for your phone and keys. The Cte d'Azur Tote pattern is a simple one to stitch, with just one pattern piece and four pattern pages to assemble. Once your supplies are all prepared, you can complete the sewing in a single afternoon, and use your bag that evening! I hope you'll find a zillion uses for this design and make up a bunch-for myself, I've got one in the works in babywale cord that I plan to carry all autumn long. What will YOU sew first? BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY fuse interfacing change your needle SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS 15" x 13" x 6.5"

Recommended with this pattern

  • 1.5 yds 20" extra stiff interfacing (Pellon Peltex or Annie's Soft & Stable)
  • 1 yd+ lining fabric
  • 1 yd+ outer fabric

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Deborah Moebes writes Whipstitch, a blog about modern sewing. After a decade as a schoolteacher and a short career as an archaeologist, Deborah stumbled (kinda backward) into sewing and has never looked back. She's the author of two books, Stitch by Stitch and the upcoming Stitch Savvy, and is the founder of Atlanta's original modern sewing lounge. She also has four kids, a husband, a (lovely but largely imagined) garden, a fantastic mid-century modern ranch (which is the subject of many a Pinterest post), a dog and (soon to be, if the children get their way) two fish. She firmly believes that sewing is for everyone, and that you'll learn the most if you jump in with both feet and give it a shot, even if you're not quite sure what you're doing. She is also quite adamant that everything ought to have pockets. Currently, Deborah is working on plans for a new book, sewing almost constantly for her new house, designing a series of video-based tablet-friendly sewing patterns, and working her way through a backlog of quilting projects.