I recently purchased a PDF tote pattern from Stephanie Dunphy of Loft Creations called "All About Anna" and I'm delighted with the result.
Anna measures 15 1/2" W x 3" D by 11" H (19" with handle drop). My fabric is called "Asian Harmony" designed by Lonni Rossi for Andover Fabrics and I used a Madeira Rayon thread for quilting. The bag front has a pocket divided into 3 and the back also has the lovely pieced top.
Anna may be made using purchased handles, but there are instructions for fabric ones. I didn't have sufficient fabric to make the "pattern" handles and used black webbing with fabric stitched down the centre. I've used this method before and really like the result.
Stephanie says to use a "fantastic" button, but I struggled somewhat in finding one with a shank and in the end cut one from a "not worn anymore jacket"!!!
And then there were two!!
When my DH saw my blue Anna he suggested I make one for our neighbour who very kindly takes in parcels when we are away. This time my fabric is from Makower UK called "Emily's Accessories". The collection has some lovely small panels, which are depicted on the "Emily Scroll" fabric, and I cut 2 strips and then made the bag in the same way as before. My thread was Superior Gold Metallic for quilting around the small panels and a greeny coloured McKenna Ryan thread for the front pocket and bag back.
Stephanie has some lovely bags on her website and I especially like her latest creation "Caity - Did"
Now I really must stop enjoying myself and get back to Chateau Hexagon Button of the Month, unless my DH thinks of other worthy "Anna" recipients!!