Tote Bag for My Girl

Just trust yourself, then you will know how to live.
-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

GONE, the eggs are gone, the Easter grass is gone, the chocolate is gone, the sitting on the porch and laughing is gone, the kids are gone….it was a short and wonderful weekend..which is now gone. Ok so what is one to do??? why I think I will sew..and sew…and sew. I’m okay don’t worry bout me.

Oldest daughter is a pharmaceutical rep, she asked me to make my Stringin Along pattern so she could have a very large tote to carry her samples in and out of doctors offices. She gave me specific guidelines which went something like this…

“Mom, can you make me that Stringin Along” bag?”
“Sure honey”
“Okay now mom,…. don’t make it too Happy”
“Okay I’ll make it sad”
“No Mom, like… make it good”
“As opposed to bad, is my stuff bad?”
“ok mom make it sophisticated.All black”
“Oh so you want depressing”
“No professional”
“I get it”
“and don’t use fabrics that jump”
“yeah jumping is not good”
“and make good inside pockets”
“Big pocket on one side maybe divided in two sections”
“no problem that is how I wrote the pattern”
“cell phone pocket at the top so I don’t have to dig for my phone”
“also a section for my business card holder”
“Got it, a custom made bag for Pharma reps”
“Also I need a good floor on the bottom of the bag cuz my samples are kinda heavy”
“heavy drugs…scary”
“can you make it by Easter?”
“Sure I’m not busy @#$%^&#$%^&$%^&
“Now remember I don’t want it to make a statement… okay?”
“Okay, but I’m going to put lime green lining in the dang thing..okay”
“And how does a bag that is as big as the house (great for carrying quilting projects, matts, rulers, to classes and retreats) not make a statement?”

Here is the bag. Done…Second photo is Russ husband to said daughter (he loves it when I ask him to model and then grab the camera!) The only problem is…. now younger daughter wants one…she wants hers in black white and HOT PINK..Now we are talking!


  1. 1

    I always feel fab when my loved ones ask me to make them something. You must be on cloud nine knowing that your girls want to carry one of your lovely bags. BTW your son in law is a good sport.

  2. 2

    Oh my goodness Pat, you gave me a laugh this morning. Great looking bag! Can’t wait to see it made up in HOT PINK!!!

  3. 3

    That is an awesome bag and I am sure your daughter is getting lots of questions about where she got it.

  4. 4

    Love the professional bag. I think I might have to make another one so I can br professional….haha that’s a funny one-those days are gone cause I have Moda Man…..maybe Moda Man needs a teeny tiny bag to carry his samples. Can you make him one??? Of course after the hot pink one

  5. 5

    I love my big bag that I made from your pattern! I hope your daughter has the strength to lift it when she gets those heavy drugs in it!! Maybe you could add wheels to your big bag pattern-just kidding!

  6. 6

    so funny….love the bag and quite the model you have there for a son in law….hot pink would be awesome!!

  7. 7

    Tell Mr. Model that he makes the bag look even better. It must be nice to have a mom who makes custom made bags. I LIKE it.

  8. 8

    It is a fabulous bag Pat- great design and elegant fabrics. Your daughters are very lucky girls.
    Happy Spring,

  9. 9

    Great Tote, what a good mommy you are. Of course you need to make another one….can’t show favortism (good thing I only had one and it’s a boy LOL).


  10. 10

    Hey, I **think** I’ve had simular conversations with my daughter….

    LOVE the bag!!!! You could start selling them to the other reps. Because I just KNOW you have all of that SPARE time on your hands to do absolutely nothing with! lol!!

    Can’t wait to see the pink one, love the “classy” one.

  11. 11

    You did a good job on that and you followed (daughter’s) directions 🙂 !

  12. 12

    Love the pic of the bag and of course your husband too!

  13. 13

    I do love that bag!!! (And I love the conversation that took place before you began to design it!)

  14. 14

    Love the bag, it also makes a great manbag.

  15. 15

    Bag looks great! I will hold lots of drugs:) Too funny!

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