I'm not sure why I thought I'd have time to get ahead on this sew along...I'm still barely cutting my pieces!! The good news is that Amanda is already almost done cutting, so she'll be finishing that up much sooner than I will!
giant quilting square. I bought the 20.5"x20.5" square on amazon for my reading pillows, but it is amazing for the bigger tote bags that don't have paper pieces. You could always tape some paper together and make a pattern piece, but I find that the ruler is much faster unless I'm planning on making a production run of something.
The straps will be a quick(ish) prep and sew, so if you are ready for that step, feel free to power on through!
Don't forget to join the sew along group (and the main group!) And there are going to be some awesome prizes in the main group for the 10k member celebration!