a tote and a pouch

In between working on my hand-applique quilt, I’ve been doing a bit of sewing here and there.  In particular, I made a tote bag and a little pouch.

The tote bag turned out fairly well.  It’s a simple pattern without a boxed bottom, but I like the fabric, and you can never have too many tote bags, right?  The free tutorial is here.  I used this tutorial to make the handles.  I didn’t have enough interfacing for the handles, so I just used an extra piece of cotton which made them nice and sturdy.

It has a little pocket on the front, and my only complaint is that the pocket gaps a bit.  It would be better with a zipper or button or snap or something.

I also made  a little pouch.  This was my first time trying to do a zipper since high school, so I figured I should do something simple.  The tutorial for this one is here.

It’s totally cute.  Dealing with the zipper was a little awkward, but it turned out OK.

L is my most uncritical critic.