The Terrific Travel Tote©
This roomy carryall has a zip-top panel that drops down inside when you just need an open-top tote. Use it as a carryon or pack it in the bottom of your suitcase, then use it to pack your travel treasures for your return home. Fabric choices include woven fabrics, including home dec prints, lightweight outerwear fabrics, or even tapestry or faux suede for a dressier look. The straps wrap all the way around and under the bottom panel, making the tote a strong bag to load to the limit. It's the perfect carry-on, sized to fit in the overhead compartment. One outside zipped pocket is a safe place to tuck your boarding pass and IDs. Other outside pockets hold small items for your trip and an inside zipped pocket is safe storage for meds, change, keys, & cosmetics.
Barbara Weiland Talbert is a nationally known author and award-winning free-lance writer/editor in the home sewing and quilting fields. Barbara's most recent books include The Quilting Answer Book (April, 2009) and The Sewing Answer Book (July, 2010), published by Storey Publishing. Barbara has been designing and marketing quilt, quilted placemat, and tote bag patterns under the Jo-Lydia's Attic label since 1999. And, when time allows, she posts sporadic entries to her blog. Check it out at
Barbara was Editor-in-Chief at That Patchwork Place and has written hundreds of articles for several sewing publications over the years. She offers a depth of hands-on editing and writing experience to publishers and independent pattern designers through her company, All the Write Words.