Wide-Mouth Tote

Since I recently acquired a loaner sewing machine, I figured no better way to test it out than with a quick and easy project that will yield a beautiful product as well as fulfilling my need to hear the purr of a sewing machine once again. I might have a slight addiction to bags. And by might I mean my husband would say I definitely do. So naturally, I thought I needed another one made out of our beautiful Golden Age fabrics. I hopped on over to our bag pattern downloads page and started envisioning each pattern with some of the lovely vintage-inspired golds and browns that Golden Age has to offer.

Sewing Sue’s Wide-Mouth Tote Pattern Download caught my eye, not only for its simplicity in sewing, but its functionality. I love big bags (and I cannot lie). I also love a good bag pattern and really enjoyed working with this one. It will definitely be one that I re-use in the future. Needing only five fat quarters and 1 1/2 yards of cotton webbing, makes it even more appealing.

To me, it seems like Golden Age is one of those collections that sits well with a lot of people whose tastes vastly differ. While I was choosing fabrics, Anita happened to see what I was planning to sew up and wanted to make one as well. While I am in love with the golds and browns of the group, Anita really likes the blues and creams. I think both totes turned out pretty nice if I do say so myself! Seeing the same pattern in two different colorways from the same collection really showed me how versatile Golden Age is.

For my bag, I used these fabrics from Golden Age:

Elegant Bouquet (Lt Latte) Encore (Brown) Encore (Mustard)
Elegant Bouquet (Pale Latte) Glitz (Dk Brown)


Anita chose these fabrics for her bag:

Sunset Boulevard (French Blue) Elegant Bouquet (Bluebird) Elegant Bouquet (Pale Bluebird)
Luxury (Cream) Luxury (Lt Sky)

Have you been eyeing Golden Age fabrics? Any ideas what you’d like to make with it?


  1. shannon - February 26, 2014

    They are both pretty.The size of the bag would make it a nice gym bag….hmmmmm….

  2. Anita - February 26, 2014

    It was a fast and fun project to do. And the best part…IT’S REVERSIBLE!!!!! You can put the browns on one side and the blues on the other and have two completely different bags.

  3. Jenna - February 26, 2014

    Your sewing skills are getting pretty good lady! Nice work.

  4. Jenni - February 26, 2014

    Katrina & Anita, your bags are so awesome! I love how you showcased the versatility!!
    Katrina…”I love big bags”…HA HA HA!

  5. Mari - February 26, 2014

    Good job ladies! I love that collection and I really like the idea of two bags in one!

  6. Katrina - February 26, 2014

    Thanks guys! It was a fun bag to make!

  7. Teri - February 26, 2014

    Super cute – and I love the Sir Mix-A-Lot reference 😉

  8. Katrina - February 26, 2014

    I’m so glad that reference did not go unnoticed!

  9. Ann - February 26, 2014

    Cute and handy! Do like the reversible aspect. Thanks for sharing a fun project… in two lovely colorways!

  10. Sue - March 3, 2014

    Hey Katrina and Anita. I love those totes, and you know I love that pattern! Tee hee he. Seriously, nice job on the sewing and gorgeous fabric selection.