I do like a bit of selfish sewing but it's taken me over a year to finally get round to making myself this awesome tote bag. It took hardly any time to sew, I am in love with it!

I have made this pattern before, which is how I knew I wanted to make one for myself. It is the Drawstring Tote Bag pattern by Svetlana @ Sotak Handmade. It's a really fun sew and there's so many ways to make it your own, I would like to do a patchwork version at some point. 

I added a pocket on the inside, my first time doing that! I knew I would want one if I'm going to be using the bag a lot. 

I also used the same waterproof fabric as my Geeky Flying Geese Bag but this time put it in between the outside and the lining just so my stuff stays dry.

An added advantage is that it's made the bag sturdier and possibly stronger too.

After contemplating using some ribbon for the ties I ultimately decided just to make my own fabric ones, I had enough left over from the lining. I like that it has text on it and I do love Doris Day!

The thickness of the layers meant that top stitching on my basic machine was difficult so instead I added a row of hand stitching in Aurifil 12 wt #2785 and I think it works well. 

Fabrics used: Neon Clouds in orange and navy by HokkohScattered in neutral, Mochi Canvas by Rashida Coleman-Hale bought from The Village Haberdashery last year and Book Panel in Pastel, First of Infinity by Kumiko Fujita for the lining and ties.

☑ This can be ticked off my fal list

linking up:
at chezzetcook this week
and finish it up friday at crazy mom quilts