Friday, October 2, 2009

The Tote Bag

I am so appreciative of blogger's who provide excellent tutorials, especially the ones with easy to follow photos! When I saw this step-by-step guide on how to make a simple reversible tote bag, I couldn't wait to try it. I'm almost afraid to share my secret, because once people see how possible it is to make a beautiful tote bag, they won't be as impressed with my sewing skills. But, I gotta give credit where credit is due, so thank you Skip to My Lou! To make the bag, you need 4 pieces of fabric that are 13 inches wide by 14 inches tall, and 2 strips of fabric that are between 4-6 inches wide and 22 inches long. I like my straps to be a little wider, so I cut them each 6 inches wide. The bags are reversible, so you can either use a coordinating fabric for the inside or a completely different fabric (The straps are not reversible, I had to be mindful of that). I used a lightweight denim fabric on some interiors to give it a little more weight. I like to use heavier cotton fabrics so they aren't too floppy. Here are some of the fun bags I've been making. My 7 month kitty, Chancho (Named after one of the orphan boys in Nacho Libre) likes to observe the bag making process. An added fabric flower and button give it the finishing touch.This one is my personal favorite, and I use it almost every day.
I made this one for my cousin's 2nd birthday.
This java themed bag was specially made for my coffee-loving sister's birthday.
This "Something blue" wedding dress pattern made a perfect addition to a bridal shower gift. I have always had a love for purses. I guess you can officially call me the "Bag Lady" now.


  1. I am not sure if have mastered the skills required for this craft, but I am in love with your final products! The blue silky one is my fave and what a great idea for friends and family...hmmm, you may have to give me a tutorial on this one as Christmas will be here before we know it!

    Crafty Christy

  2. PS - I love that Chancho made a guest appearance!


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