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Tote Bags

Back in late June, M asked me to make some tote bags and purses to sell in her shop.  I just finally finished them last week.

For the tote bags, I copied the shape, size and style of my Land's End medium tote bag. I wanted them to be attractive and interesting, but also very functional and sturdy. Unlike my Land's End bag, these have a lining and an interior pocket.

Zebra-print Tote Bag

This zebra print fabric is leftover from this skirt. The contrast fabric is a heavyweight linen. The straps are cotton webbing and have reinforced stitching at the top of the bag.

Zebra-print Tote Bag

The inside of the bag has a double pocket - the front part zips and the back part does not.  A key clip is sewn to the binding of the side seam.

Zebra-print Tote Bag

Zebra-print Tote Bag

The other two bags are the same size, but have slightly different features.  The patchwork bag doesn't have any exterior pockets. There is a patchwork strip on the back of the bag, too.

Patchwork Tote Bag

The straps are strips of patchwork covering a double layer of cotton canvas.  They are soft, but strong.

Patchwork Tote Bag

They also have reinforced stitching at the top of the bag.

Patchwork Tote Bag

The interior has two pockets (one large one divided by a line of stitching) and a key clip.

Patchwork Tote Bag

The last one is my favorite. I like green and gray together lately.  It's such a radical change from my usual favorite of green and brown.  :)

Green and Gray Tote Bag

The green and gray fabrics are Kona cotton.  There is a layer of cotton canvas between the outer fabric and the lining to give it weight and strength.

Green and Gray Tote Bag

The straps are gray on the outside and green on the inside.  There is a double layer of canvas inside the outer fabrics.

Green and Gray Tote Bag

The lining of this bag is particularly fun and was the inspiration for the green and gray combination.

Green and Gray Tote Bag

The interior has a double pocket like the zebra bag and a key clip.

Green and Gray Tote Bag

Too bad I cut the heads off those women with the zipper!  Well, maybe it's just too bad that I didn't go back and fix it.

I've made quite a few things to sell in S and M's shops, but these are the first things that I've had a hard time letting go of.  I really wanted to keep them - especially the green and gray one!


  1. I don't think I could have given away that green and grey one. Too cute!!

  2. These are very nice bags and you should keep the green and gray bag :) It really won't matter in a hundred years if you didn't give it to the store, and you would really enjoy it and appreciate it.
    Could it be used lining side out too? the fabric is so nice.

  3. I'd keep all of them! Really nice bags.

  4. Very nice! I have a bag partially finished and you make me want to go finish it. Now!

  5. Very nice! I think I need a new bag for school for my computer and papers. Hmmm...maybe you've inspired me, too. Jamie and I should have a sewing party.....

  6. They look great! And MAN, you sew accurately and precise!

  7. i love the zipper pocket idea!


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