Pendleton tote

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Pattern:  Caravan Tote by Noodlehead

Fabrics:  The body of the tote is sewn from a piece of Pendleton wool (I’m lucky enough to live very near the Pendleton Woolen Mills store, and they have so many beautiful Pendleton woolen prints available!)  The contrast top is 1/4 yard black duck cloth canvas and the front snap pocket is 1/4 yard of mustard cotton linen canvas.

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I love the exterior zippered pocket, and I also included the interior pocket, although I skipped the optional pocket for knitting needles and grommets for yarn.  The lining is Indah Batks Ditsy Floral in Zebra and the interior pocket is Cotton + Steel Print Shop Moons in black.  I also used Pellon SF101 fusible woven interfacing and Pellon 809 craft decor interfacing.  The handles are 1″ black leather and are attached with rivets.

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I found the directions to be clear and easy to follow, and the sewing to be pretty straightforward and uncomplicated.  The project includes minor hardware installation (rivets and snaps) and sewing in a zipper (the directions were particularly helpful here).  I made the bag 2 1/2″ longer than the pattern called for, in order to center the Pendleton pattern on the sides of the bag.

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The Pendleton wool is too precious (and expensive!) to waste any leftovers, so I used what was left to make a simple bag with a long, narrow profile and the leftover black duck cloth canvas as the lining.  I interfaced this bag, as well, to make the sides as stiff as possible, and used the same approach to attaching the handles as with the first bag.

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