A recent project I finished for Janome Canada, and their new Summer 2017 look book, the Patchwork Picnic Tote!

You can find the entire lookbook here, it’s full of awesome summer sewing projects by some pretty amazing designers, check it out!

Celebrating Canada’s 150th and summertime fun, I designed this insulated tote for outdoor activities,  so you can keep your picnic goodies cool (or warm!) longer in the summer heat. The tote is made with insulated batting, (if you’re local/lower mainland-ish, Overseas Fabrics in Abbotsford has it and at excellent prices as always!), and quilted with the Serpentine Stitch on the Janome- one of my favorite stitches which is simple and super effective and adds a nice stitchy design to the tote.

My inspiration was a bowling ball bag, crossed with a good size tote to carry to your next picnic, looking cute n’ retro to boot!

I included a zip pocket inside, so you can tuck in your keys, cutlery, napkins, phone, and any small bits n’ bobs that you want to keep extra safe.

The whole thing closes with a simple magnetic purse snap,  opens to a square box shape, and stands up straight- no floppy bag action, so you can get your yummies out and see what’s inside easily.

I used some of my Oh Canada! Collection, you can find it here on Spoonflower, as the lining and alternating squares in the patchwork panels on the outside.

And, you can find the pattern in my Craftsy shop here!

I hope you had a wonderful Canada Day and loads of summer fun so far, and stay cool out there! Our normally moderate West Coast is getting hit with a big heat wave coming this week, stay safe and stay outta the sun!

With much love and gratitude as always!