Here's my new fall bag and one of my entries into Celebrate Color for September. It's the Abby tote from V and Co with a few mods. I've been wanting to make this bag for a while and when I saw this fabric from Joel Dewberry's Heirloom, I knew it would be mine.
Everyone was out of fusible fleece so I just used some leftover batting and added it to the outside fabric during the gathering stage. The pattern doesn't call for any lining other than the second fabric but I wanted to add a bit of padding. I also added some leftover interfacing to the top bands and the handles. The last thing I changed was practical but a little bit sad... the wonderful bow has been shortened. I'll never use it as a scarf and it was bound to come undone and go trailing in the mud and snow.
It's wonderful that the tote is reversible although I'm in love with the Rose Bouquet in Gold so it might not get flipped inside out all that often. The one downside to it being reversible is that there are no pockets. I should have just added some anyway but didn't think of it while sewing.
My Abby bag is already in use, carrying all my many things to work. It easily fits my laptop, lunch and everything else that I feel compelled to drag everywhere. I really do love it and it's going to be coming along with me to the Sewing Summit in a few weeks.