I've been using since I finished it. It is such a great size. It's not too big and having two pockets is extra handy. I took my children on a school outing yesterday and was able to fit all that I needed into it. My children had a great time and loved the giant sandpit!
The outside pocket is big enough to keep those frequently used items in without them getting lost. Yesterday I kept some tissues, hand gel as well as a pen and a packet of wet wipes. My inside pocket held items I wanted to find fast but keep safe like my wallet and mobile. The inside space was big enough to hold our lunch, a change of clothes for the children, a couple of nappies, 3 water bottles, an apple each and more.
The shoulder pad is a great idea because it kept the straps together so when I had to search through to find things.
The fact that it is reversible is really handy. James decided to grab hold of it with chocolate fingers a couple of days after I started using it and I was just about to go out so I reversed it which meant the mark was on the inside. When I got back in I simply machine washed it and it dried in the afternoon on the washing line.
So if you need a new tote I would definitely recommend the Sadie tote from Clover & Violet, the pattern is a combination of photos and clear instructions which are easy to follow.
If you are looking for some fabric combination ideas please take a look at the release post over at Clover & Violet - they are also running a giveaway too!