If you’re local, and you follow F&M Fabrics on Facebook, you saw them post a few weeks back some beautiful Italian Faux Leather that recently came in. This one in particular caught my eye and I thought it’d make a great Professional Tote (pattern here).
I first made The Professional Tote a decade ago when I worked at a quilt shop. It goes together pretty quickly and has lots of useful pockets. Starting on the outside front, there is a pocket just behind that chrome colored accent you can slide papers into. Then for a little more security, there’s the zipper pocket just below. Both are the width of the center portion of the bag between the straps.
The back has a big pocket across the entire width.
With a magnetic closure.
Then there’s the wonderful side pockets ideal for holding beverages.
The top has a big zipper…
Which opens to pockets galore on the inside – pen pockets, a d-ring for your keys, a large center zipper pocket, along with a line of pockets on the other side. (sorry for the blurry pic cause the inside really is amazing!)
This bag would be great for many uses. If it looks familiar to you, you may remember I made this same pattern from laminates for my daughter’s diaper bag (You can get a little bit better look at the inside pockets here).
I highly recommend The Professional Tote pattern as, you can see, it’s something I make over and over again. It is not specifically intended to be used as a diaper bag, but I think it makes a great gift for a new mom! Using the new Italian Faux Leathers at F&M Fabrics will help you achieve a more purse-like look for a diaper bag. You could also use their utility fabrics to make it more masculine. The bag measures 18″Wide x 15″ Tall x 5″ Deep.
F&M Fabrics is located at 2954 Niles St, Bakersfield CA. Give them a call at (661) 873-9566.