Sidekick Tote

The Sidekick Tote was (mostly) a lot of fun to sew.  The pattern is very, very good.  And I love the finished bag.  I will do a few things different next time, but most of that is because of personal preference and not a mistake on the pattern.  

I love the shape of this bag and the big front pocket.  LOVE the bias tape.  Of course.

The solid gray fabric is Kona Coal, the Coral is a solid from Connecting Threads (good quality, btw, and great pricing) and the print is called Fiddlesticks by Erin McMorris.

I am quite proud of my top-stitching on this bag.  I had the perfect coral thread and I love how it pops out on the gray.  The hardware was given to me by a friend a long time ago.  She reclaimed it from various worn-out clothing.  

The inset zipper.  This is the only part of the bag I don't love.  The lining fabric is too flimsy and I should have interfaced it.  Next time.

This bag is not for me.  I'm giving it to my niece   I hope she likes it - I sure do!  I can't wait to make another one for  me.  I have fabric picked out but I am waiting for some more hardware.  I can't find what I need locally so I am buying it from an etsy shop.

One more thing on bag making.  Right now Lorraine from Ikatbag is doing a series of blog posts on bag making.  She is an extraordinary seamstress and cardboard crafter and this series is full of tips and instructions and good clear photos.  Definitely worth checking out!


  1. I love the look of the coral against the gray. It's a fab bag..I hope your niece likes it!

  2. I like the fabrics you chose. Is that the smaller size? If you didn't post the one on M I wouldn't have realized how big it is. Love the pocket the most :)

  3. Juliana LOVES it! Before we were home she had her purse emptied and her new bag filled :-) She proudly wore it to church in the afternoon!

  4. Looks great! Like the pattern you used too. And I just read that J likes it, yay:)