Thursday, June 5, 2014

End of the year teacher gifts

Disclaimer:  Although Lisa gave me a copy of this pattern as a part of the testing process, she certainly did not force me to make FOUR bags! (so far!) :D

I had the honor of testing Aivilo Charlotte's  newest bag pattern, the Marietta Tote. I always look forward to new patterns from AC.  They are well written and creative patterns with easy to follow instructions, clear and concise.  If you ever need help, Lisa is just an email or Facebook message away.
My test bag
This bag measures about 15" x 11" x 3 1/2." A great bag for everyday use, it's roomy enough that you can carry your laptop in it! It features a snap closure and two pockets-one inside, one outside, with two cute ruffles framing the outer pocket. It's a fairly easy sew with lots of options for fabric placement.  I can see this bag made out of many different fabric combinations (I only used 2 different fabrics for each bag.).

I carried my test bag for over a week, then my mom saw it...Guess who got a new bag?  :)

Plenty of room for a laptop!

As I was sewing the first bag, I kept thinking about the great teachers my son has this year.  I decided that this would be a great gift for them.  So, I made my way to Hobby Lobby and grabbed this great tossed numbers/letters fabric and some coordinating tone-on-tones.  I know, I know-teachers get tired of  "school"  fabrics, but I got advice from two terrific teachers before I went shopping. ;) 

As you can see, I got a little  playful with the fabric placement!
The teacher that received this bag
said it's the cutest bag she owns...
I hope she enjoys using it!!

Inside pocket.
I divided this one into 3 sections.

Of course, no bag for a teacher would be complete without a matching lanyard for their name tag!

I have been challenged by one of my favorite teachers to make her a bag just like these, only taller. I also want to make one for myself, I think it will be perfect for trips to the library...Good thing it's now summer and I will have a lot more time to sew!!
If you would like to purchase the pattern and make yourself a Marietta Tote, here's the link to Craftsy, where many wonderful Aivilo Charlotte patterns can be found. 
Happy sewing!


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