I decided to take the advice of other quilters online and buy a charm pack of a collection of fabric before buying yardage. I purchased a Sunnyside charm pack and got to work on making something with it. I found a couple good tutorials (and here) on making tote bags and took the general construction information and designed my own.
I used fusible fleece and quilting it in vertical straight lines with a variegated thread that I found matched very well. I love how it turned out, however I think the handles are a touch too long and it gives the tote more of a beach bag feel. Plus the bag is huge. I wanted a weekender sized bag, I need to pack a lot of stuff when I go places okay?! I also added an old plastic place mat on the bottom between the liner and outer panel to help give the bag some structure.
I love this bag and loved getting a look at the prints in this line of fabric!! Plus there are a TON of ideas online on what to use charm packs for, so I think I’ll do this again in the future when I see a whole line of fabric I love.