The tote pattern that I will be releasing in less than a week has two sizes, the larger Megan Travel Tote, and the smaller Sidekick Tote. I named them different names even though you will be able to make both sizes with one pattern because the size difference between the two is significant and each functions very differently.
I want to give you some details about the Megan Travel Tote and at the same time share some pictures of a Megan Travel Tote that one of my testers made. Marilyn Brandt of Shades of Bold made this beautiful Megan Travel Tote out of Home Decorator Fabric. I love Marilyn's beautiful and classy-looking Megan Travel Tote!
The Megan Travel Tote is large, so much so that one of my pattern tester's husbands said you could fit a small child in it (this made me giggle :)). The Megan Travel Tote is made for travel with its twelve pockets, zippered top closure, and padded straps. Of the twelve pockets, seven are slip pockets, two are expandable slip pockets, two are zipper pockets, and one is a padded tablet pocket. It has all the pockets you need to keep everything in its place when you travel.
The top zipper closure will keep everything contained, but at the same time with its separating zipper, it is easy to get to everything that you have packed in the Megan Travel Tote. The separating zipper makes it so that there aren't any zipper ends that confine the opening at the top of the tote when the zipper is open.
Since you can carry a lot in the Megan Travel Tote, I wanted the tote to be able to handle a heavy load while still being comfortable to carry. The bottom of the Megan Travel Tote is reinforced so that it supports everything you have packed and stays nice and flat even when it is full. This tote is comfortable to carry on your shoulder even when it is full because the strap pads keep the straps from digging into your shoulder.
The Megan Travel Tote got its name from my daughter Megan who started her first year of college just over a year ago. She wanted me to make a bag that she could pack her clothes and other items in for her week-long Thanksgiving and spring breaks. With some suggestions from Megan, I designed the Megan Travel Tote. She loves her tote and it works perfectly for what she needed and wanted. I have since made several other Megan Travel Totes for other friends and relatives who all love how well it functions for a weekend or a week-long trip. In my next blog post, I will write about the Sidekick Tote. The pattern for both totes will be available starting Monday, October 12th!