SIX years ago in my first beginning sewing class. Making those first tote bags was so much fun that I have gotten into the habit of browsing the cotton canvas whenever I'm in a fabric store, and letting myself purchase a yard here and there when I see a print that catches my eye. I should stop kidding myself. One yard? No--more like four yards! I started with my newest acquisitions, so this is eight tote bags going straight to the gifting pile. Two will be end-of-the-year teacher presents, and the rest will become my go-to birthday present for sisters, sisters-in-law, next year's teachers, etc. I'm super excited, as I've been able to make these without purchasing any new fabric for the interior. This pattern uses approximately one yard for the exterior, and one yard for the interior, so we're looking at 16 yards busted from the stash right here! Woohoo!