That's how I felt when I saw Anna's (noodlehead's) new pattern, the poolside tote.
I bought the pattern last night. Eager to begin, I printed out the pattern pieces, loaded the instructions to my iPad (I use google drive to transfer and archive files), and I read through the pattern before going to sleep.
Today, on my way to the studio, I stopped in Joann's and picked up a zipper and some green thread to match this strawberry print I had stashed.
I pulled out the white print from my stash to be the lining and then hopped over to Pink Castle Fabrics (next door to my studio) to pick out a fabric for the handles and the facing. Then, I started sewing.
And by the time I came home to my doggies? I had a bag to show them!
Don't they seem impressed? (Actually, they are wanting me to pet them and not sure why I'm standing there with a camera.)
And YES, the bag stands on its own, but this is because I used different interfacing than what is in the pattern. All of my fabrics are quilting cottons, but the pattern suggests using something sturdier. To compensate, I interfaced the main part of the bag using Sew Lazy Dreamy Fusible Fleece Interfacing (it's 45" wide, so you only need 1/2 yard, which costs about $5.) I also put a 1-inch strip of the fusible fleece inside the handle so that it would be more stiff and because I didn't have the Pellon 101SF on hand for the facing and handles, so I had used Pellon 906F, which might be a little flimsier than the 101--I can't recall and am not an expert--I figured a little more heft couldn't hurt.
Anyway, overall, a really pleasurable sew. The cutting out of the fabrics takes longer than the sewing and the pattern comes together without any issues. I don't have any notes except to say that I attached my handles with four or five rows of stitches just in case I end up using this bag to tote as many books as towels!
Exterior: Strawberry in Green from Briar Rose by Heather Ross
Straps: Mockingbird in Turquoise from Up Parasol by Heather Bailey (fussy cut from a yard)
Facing: Family Unit in Cherry from Pretty Potent by Anna Maria Horner
Lining/Interior: not sure what that is...either a vintage sheet or a piece of fabric my Aunt Mary destashed to me
Ribbon loop: pretty sure that's a piece of Tula Pink ribbon I had from a Camp Stitchalot swag bag
Interfacing on main body pieces: Sew Lazy Dreamy Fusible Fleece
Interfacing on pocket, facing, and handles: Pellon 906F (plus a strip of the Sew Lazy in the handles)
Time to cut and sew: Around 4 hours
If you need me, I'll be at the pool!