If you have been following along over the years, you will know how much I love Charley Harper. When Birch started printing Charley Harper fabrics I fell into a fabric buying cycle. They are the fabrics I keep stashed away with Heather Ross, destined for something awesome, but not designated for any one project. Well, I had this amazing breaching whale print in my stash and new that I wanted to make something that I would use all the time with it.
When I was a kid I loved whales. I still do. Back then I would participate in the Mark O Hatfield Marine Center annual humpback and gray whale migration counting. We would bundle up against bracing storms on the Oregon Coast to watch for spouts through our binoculars. We would answer questions from tourists and help them search out the whales on their way north to feeding grounds with calves.
I had been eyeballing the Makers Tote bag pattern for many moons, trying to decide if I was going to be able to make it when I had so many other things to accomplish. I bit the bullet as they say and went for it.
I am very pleased with the results. I made the large one and seriously I can put a lot in there. I carry it back and forth from the studio with projects that need buttons sewn on or seams ripped. I carry supplies in it and shove big knitting projects in there too!
I would like to make another smaller one with laminate on the exterior so I can take it to swim team practice. I have quite the to sew stack at the moment though, so it may have to wait…