Category Archives: Takeoff Tote

Sharing 2 Last Christmas Presents

Well, I’m finally able to share the last couple of presents I made! First up, my cleaning lady loved the pillow I made for baby Lucy last summer:


So I made one for her with 2 changes: she loves hummingbirds and I didn’t have a rectangular form, so square it is!


I don’t know if she likes it yet because she hasn’t been back for another cleaning, but I expect she did!

Next is something I made right after Christmas, but couldn’t share any pix on social media because Liam’s girlfriend Celia follows me! It was torture, as I had a lot of fun making it! Celia’s beginning her college auditions, and will have a fair amount of travel in the next couple of months, so I made her a Takeoff Tote! I love the one I made for myself and know it’s perfect for her. (Bonus, I sneaked her laptop into my bag while she was visiting earlier this fall to make sure it fits, and it does!). I made it from my hand dyed cotton duck and linen (the teal color), with hand dyed quilting weight cotton for the lining.


She absolutely LOVES peaches, so I Free Motion Machine Sketched a branch of peach blossoms on the front pocket:


This awesome pattern by Dog Under My Desk (aka Erin Erickson) has a sleeve on the back side that you slip over the handles of your rolling suitcase so the bag is securely held while you’re wrangling luggage. I went ahead and sewing velcro to the bottom of the sleeve so when it ISN’T being used during travel, it works as a pocket:


The front zip pocket is a safe way to keep cell phone and wallet secure but handy, and there’s a couple more pockets inside as well:


She loved it – we were so busy that we forgot to take pix of her holding it, sad trombone!

My New Bag – A Take Off Tote

Here it is! By the time you read this, I’ll have already used my new bag, made with the Take Off Tote pattern by Erin Erickson, to easily travel to Chicago with Liam! The zippers across the top and for the front pocket keep everything secure. (If I’d had time to order zippers in a… Continue Reading