Saturday morning around here tends to look like this; get up, eat breakfast, frantically look for uniforms and get dressed, run out the door and spend most of the day rushing from game to game to game. Do you notice what’s missing there? While I’m attempting to teach the boys about helping us get out of the house in a less stressful manner, it’s inevitable that someone is going to leave their water bottle behind. We just can’t seem to get out of the house with everything we need for these hectic days. Then I discovered the wonderful Water Bottle Tote Pattern (affiliate link) at Upcraft Club. This may be my all time favorite pattern for the sheer fact that it’s saved me SO much stress.
If you’re not running yourself ragged, rushing from game to game, I can guarantee you that this is a pattern that you’re going to want. From time to time, we actually have people over and this tote makes getting those bulky bottles of water home from the store. I’m a big fan of reusable grocery bags (I’ll save you my rant on how genius I thought having to pay for plastic bags was while we lived in Europe) and while we don’t buy bottled water on a regular basis, this comes in handy when I do.
The Water Bottle Tote Pattern created by Radiant Home Studio goes together quickly and I thought easily. I found no hang ups in the printing or piecing and had a ball “quilting” the divider pockets Since this was my first time sewing the pattern I decided to stick with fabrics from my stash but now that I’ve sewn it, and love it, I’m imagining all sorts of fabric pairings that would result in a stunning tote. It was hard to get a good photo of the inside lining but that piece came from fabric the boys painted using marbles. It’s a hidden, little secret that I’ll cherish as we use this through Middle School and High School and all those moments to come where they’re too embarrassed to acknowledge my existence.
The front pockets are the perfect size for carrying the necessities to sit with me on the sidelines. There’s plenty of room for a cell phone and the keys in one pocket and a small book in the back. And because the handles are made from twill tape or webbing, you don’t need to worry about them ripping. They’re the perfect length for carrying over your shoulder!
This divided tote bag was just what I needed. I haven’t given it a try for carrying wine bottles but I think it would work equally great for glass bottled items such as wine, juice or olive oil. I love a bag that has duel purposes!