Auntie's Attic Super Tote
|Auntie's Attic Super Tote|
Earlier in the spring I made my very first Super Tote. And I must say I love the pattern, Anna's instructions are clear and easy to understand. The first time around I followed the pattern pretty closely and I was pretty happy with the results. A large bag that does double duty as a diaper bag for me.
In July, when I found out I was pregnant with #2, I knew I wanted to make another Super Tote, but with some modifications that would make it easier to wrangle a bag and two kiddos!
So I first wanted to downsize the pattern just a bit, since I pack a pretty light diaper bag (just a wet bag with a couple of diapers). After some trial and error, I decided on a reduction of 10%, not too much but just right. (I have plans for an even smaller one, once my kiddos are through with the diaper/toddler stage!) My tote finishes roughly 13.5" wide, 13.5 " tall, 3.25" to 4.875" deep. Just a little smaller than the original size Super Tote (see pattern for size information).
The next I decided to have a cross-body strap instead of handles. Bags with handles are fine and great, but when I'm chasing a toddler around town it is nice to just throw my bag across my shoulder and not have to worry about it. I have been using this bag for about a day so far and it is just perfect for my life right now!
Finally while I love bags that have zippers, I have found that I never zip them up. I'm constantly getting into my bag for this, that, and the other thing. So a zipper just didn't make sense. So I opted for a magnetic snap.
|Inside view: bag is able to hold my wet bag, wallet, various zipper pouches, and a place for my phone!|
|Side by side comparison of my modified and unmodified Super Totes.|
Exterior Main Fabric: Auntie's Attic in Red by Robert Kaufman
Exterior Gusset: Essex Yarn Dyed in Black by Robert Kaufman
Interior Main Fabric: Dottie Small Dots in Orange by Moda Fabrics
Interior Gusset: Kona Cotton in Ash by Robert Kaufman
Pockets: Oval Elements in Beaujolais Wine by Art Gallery Fabrics
Pieced with Aurifil in 50 wt White (#2024), topstitching in 40 wt Mango Mist (#4659)