I’ve had this idea in my head of creating a subtle patchwork pattern with corduroy, so I decided to give it a shot, and I ended up with the Checkerboard Tote, a bag that is a bit of a departure for me.
The checkerboard pattern on the front came together nicely, but it took me several tries to get the sides and base together cleanly.
After ripping a few seams, I figured out that everything needed to be sewn together in a specific order. It’s a little more complicated than the other gusseted bags I’ve made. But I’ve got it now.
I had another panicked “where’s Nola?” moment yesterday.
Alex let the cats out in the courtyard the other day, and ever since then, they’ve both been rather brave, darting out between our legs any time we open the door. We live in a small apartment, and there are only a handful of places the cats could be. So when one is “missing” — especially with their new-found courage — it concerns me.
I finally noticed her little nose sticking out of a canvas grocery tote.
Sneaky little girl.