I do love making bags - they are a great project that doesn't take too much time or materials. And although I generally like making bags from my own designs, sometimes letting someone else do the calculations and the work is a nice break. This weekend I made the Mini Professional Tote from The Creative Thimble. I really liked the size, shape and overall look of this bag and just HAD to make it.
I made fabric accented straps (thanks to Clara from one of my favorite local fabric shops for doing this on her bag and giving me the idea). I think it really "makes" the bag!
This is a really challenging bag, but the instructions and pattern sizing are perfect so if you have some experience making bags you will be able to make it.
It does require using a LOT of Decor Bond as interfacing which makes for a very firm, stiff and rather heavy bag. Only drawback for me is that I really don't LIKE using Decor Bond 🙁
See that big wrinkly section on the side where the inside zippered pocket meets the edge of the bag? These are the types of wrinkles I seem to always get using the stiff interfacing and I just can't seem to avoid this issue.