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.
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.
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.
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.
The straps are strips of patchwork covering a double layer of cotton canvas. They are soft, but strong.
They also have reinforced stitching at the top of the bag.
The interior has two pockets (one large one divided by a line of stitching) and a key clip.
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. :)
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.
The straps are gray on the outside and green on the inside. There is a double layer of canvas inside the outer fabrics.
The lining of this bag is particularly fun and was the inspiration for the green and gray combination.
The interior has a double pocket like the zebra bag and a key clip.
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!