We are very excited to announce the re-launch of The Chamomile Tote! Why the re-launch? As I was making my sample for the upcoming Chamomile Sew Along, I noticed some things in the pattern that needed to be changed- a few errors, a few changes to the actual pattern, and some additional instructions that will help make this bag easier to sew. It is our hope that the new and improved Chamomile Tote instructions are clearer, easier to follow, and error-free (or as close to that ideal as possible). As always, if you ever find an error in any of our patterns, let us know! Even if it just a little typo. We will fix it!
So let me tell you a bit about the Chamomile Tote. The tote has two versions: Version A is a little more complicated, and Version B is simpler. Both totes have the same dimensions and overall look. The Chamomile Tote is a nice, big, sturdy tote- perfect for a work (it will fit a laptop), travel (it can fit a change of clothes and a dopp kit), the gym, or if you are like me, everyday use. I use the Chamomile as my main bag because it fits the diaper bag, water bottles, hand sanitizer, notebook, lotion, cough drops, phone, keys, wallet, latest edition of "Babybug" and/or "Sunset", and of course the collection of trash I seem to inevitably accumulate each day.
Both versions feature a contrasting bottom panel that serves as reinforcement as well a great design detail on the bag, sturdy webbing handles sized to wear over the shoulder, a metal spot design detail on the handles, a bag base with metal bag feet, and a facing on the bag's lining to give the top of the bag additional structure.
Version A has a sporty exposed top zipper closure, and exterior zippered pocket, an interior elasticized water-bottle pocket, and an interior flat divided pocket. Like all of our bags, the pockets are all lined, and the lining is pieced so that there are no raw edges to finish anywhere on the bag. Version A has quite a few pattern pieces, and a couple of more intermediate-advanced skills, including inserting zippers.
Version B has a magnetic snap closure, a simple lined exterior pocket, and no pockets on the interior, though you could always add one! Version B is perfect for a beginner-intermediate level bag maker. The trickiest part is sewing the handles onto the bag body, but we have a great technique to help you out with this step!
To help you sew your Chamomile Totes, we have put together a great Sew Along that will include detailed instructions, photos, and some videos to help you along your way. We will be breaking the project down into very manageable chunks in order to make this a totally doable project, no matter your skill level!
Ready to sew your own Chamomile? Check out our customizable Chamomile Kits to get everything you need to get started!