How to make a handy tote for gardening or groceries
Back to Main MenuBusiness News HomeFront PorchIt Only MoneyOregon the EconomyPlaybooks ProfitsSilicon ForestWindow ShopStock Market ReportBusiness Public BlogBack to Main MenuVideos from the OregonianVideos from The Beaverton LeaderVideos from the Hillsboro ArgusVideos from The Forest Grove LeaderYour VideosYou know, the rain, followed by the snow, followed by the wintry mix, followed by more rain.But, as anyone who has spent more than a year in the Northwest knows, there are other signs of spring besides a dry, warm day (although those are pretty sweet when they happen, too).In our yard, it’s the return of what our daughter Madeline 20 years ago called “woodypeckers,” and the birds who decide to use our chimney every blessed year as a swell place to, well, peck, their morning rustling acting a pandora bracelets s our alarm clock throughout early spring.And, of course, there’s the return of the ants, who disappear every winter they’re not hibernating, are they? only to march back into our kitchen the next spring (although, admittedly, it’s hard to tell if they’re the same ants).It’s also the time of year I get a good look at our yard and my annual “look at what a mess the yard is, we’ll never get it cleaned up” panic drops by for an extended stay in my psyche.Which makes me pretty useless when it comes to providing Marcia with any help on a column project, so thank goodness our daughter, who has never met a chore she could pandora bracelets n’t put off, stepped in to assist her mother this time.Marcia: My daughter and I (and, if he’s hones pandora bracelets t, Dennis, too, but to a lesser degree) are big fans of “Project Runway,” an admittedly guilty pleasure. And heck, on those shows, it only takes a day for the contestants, even the less than talented ones, to sew a fabulous ball gown, and the swimsuit the judges decided at the last minute should go with it.So really, how hard could it be to knock off a garden tote? What would it take? A day, maybe a day and a half, to account for the fact I’m an intermediate sewer with a really bad sewing machine?I’ve lost so many garden tools over the years and have never been a big fan of running back to the garage for tools I should have brought out to begin with but didn’t so with this bag I knew I could custom make the pockets for each of my favorite implements, with plenty of space in the middle of the tote for all kinds of stuff seed packets, garden tape, gloves, etc.OK, pandora bracelets maybe it would take two days. Tops.Dennis has always maintained I underestimate how long a project will take, but even with that tendency, I was way off this time. Instead, it took me about 30 to 40 hours to make the bag (proving, as if any more evidence was needed, that I’m no Seth Aaron Henderson of Vancouver from Season 7 of “Runway”).Now, I did add a lot of bells and whistles (Dennis: not literally; nothing in this bag makes any noise, much to my disappointment), such as some appliqu lining, numerous pockets and interfacing, which you don’t have to include.You, in fact, can make this as simple or as complicated as you want, and the best thing is, while I designed this for use as a garden tote, it works just as well as a shopping tote (heck, even a diaper bag). Or, you could reduce the pattern a little and make a purse.And if it hadn’t been for Madeline’s accompanying me to and from the fabric store a number (which is more than one, and that’s all I’m saying) of times and giving me invaluable advice, the tote task would have been much more daunting.View full sizeGarden Tote Bag instructionsFirst, what you’ll need:Outdoor fabric. I used two materials for contrast and outdoor fabric for its durability. For this project, I purchased 3/4 yard of the solid color fabric and 1 yard of the print, which will also be used for the lining, making this a reversible bag.