I made a bucket list for the Summer.
The kids are officially out of school, and it is my intention to have the best Summer ever with them. Now of course, life will have its own plans that will get thrown our way – but I figure if I head into the Summer with intention, with a list of things that I would love to try to do with our family – then the chances are greater that we might actually achieve some of those goals!
As your children get older, and they start to be able to message chat with their friends during the day, etc. – the realities of how many Summers you truly have left with them become more real. So we are making this Summer last. My objective is to make it WORTH the memories we make together, as a family, while I still have all of my children under one roof (and they are forced to be with me whether they like it or not – HA!).
Easy bucket list item…SWIM WITH THEM!!! Whether I feel like getting in the pool or not, just jump right on in. The laughter that always ensues is worth the wet hair.
MAKE THIS: Weekender Style Pool Tote
This post is a part of the Weekender Style Summer Tour. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. While I did not get paid for this post, I did receive the book and exterior fabric for free to use for the purpose of this project.
MAKE THIS LOOK: Weekender Style Pool Tote
- Skill level: Advanced Beginner
- Time needed: 4 – 5 hours
- Weekender Style Book, by Caroline Hulse ($16.99 – available HERE)
- 1.25 yds Happy Home ‘To Live By’ canvas fabric
- 1.25 yds Lining fabric
- Mesh for inner pocket (not seen here)
- Heavyweight interfacing
- Lightweight – medium weight interfacing
- 9-10″ zipper
- scrap of vinyl
- Basic sewing essentials
- *Optional – Roller foot ($10.99 – available HERE)
- *Optional – Scotchguard heavy duty water shield spray ($7.44 – available HERE)
THOUGHTS ON PATTERN / BOOK:
First off…this fabric? It has to be one of the happiest fabrics I know. Having used the cotton version of the Words to Live By fabric by Sew Caroline in the Sudley dress pattern HERE, I jumped at the chance to use this glorious fabric again for a different project. I simply love everything this fabric entails. And what better way to choose to live our Summer with intention, than by making a bag that embodies everything I want this Summer to be.
The Pool Tote pattern is offered in the Weekender Style book (found HERE), authored by Caroline Hulse of Sew Caroline. It was the perfect sewing choice for a bag that I will be carrying around all Summer long, in a fabric that I love.
Bags and purses can often be strenuous items to sew, requiring loads of interfacing to keep sturdy and more. And while the pool tote still needed a lot of interfacing, it didn’t feel like a hard project compared to many other purse patterns I have made in the past. It was relatively easy to sew, which is why I gave it the advanced beginner sewing level. I love the vinyl front pocket, perfect for not only keeping your phone safe while splashing around, but also its functionality as I can still scroll on my phone without having to remove it from the safety pocket.
Quick vinyl sewing tips – use a cheap mid-heavy weight clear shower curtain for this vinyl pocket fabric. When sewing, I use a cheap roller foot (HERE), also seen in this post HERE which helps the fabric not get stuck to the bottom of my presser foot when sewing.
For ultimate waterproof protection – While the vinyl pocket is perfect for keeping my phone protected, my kids know no limits when it comes to splash time. The tote is super padded, which makes it pretty safe – but for that added protection, I will spray it down with Scotchguard Heavy Duty Water Shield (HERE). Just a little something to help REPEL the water, rather than absorb.
My finished pool tote is approximately 25″W x 15″H x 7″W, making it large enough to hold 4 rolled towels, sunscreen, waters and more (everything you need for the pool or beach). I do recommend adding 4 – 5″ to the length of the handles, which I believe Caroline is editing the book to reflect. While this handle size works, if the bag was really full it would be difficult to carry. I will probably add a 5″ padded strap to the center of my handles to accommodate the additional length desired.
Alterations – The pool tote pattern uses a mesh inner pocket – but not having any mesh on hand I opted for a basic cotton instead. It is just as cute, and the upper elastic on the pocket hold all of my goods in place. I also folded the lining down 1″, so that I could have the coordinating fabric around the top of my tote. This is a design feature that I tend to do on almost all of my purses.
Weekender Style is a beautifully photographed sewing book, with lots of laid back, comfortable sewing patterns for every day life. With patterns for beginner to intermediate level sewing, this book is quintessentially Sew Caroline. Weekender Style includes patterns for tops, dresses, shorts, purses, accessories and more, accommodating your every sewing mood. So whether you are looking for a quick sew, or a detailed weekend project – this book has got you covered.
Weekender Style is THE sewing book to get you through the Summer, with projects to last from June til August. Summer sewing bucket list = check.
This post is a part of the Weekender Style Summer Tour
All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. While I did not get paid for this post, I did receive the book and exterior fabric for free to use for the post.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…