Saturday, August 21, 2010

Handmade tote!

I've been wanting to make myself a tote bag/purse for a long, long time and have never had the nerve or time to do it...until today! I was at Joann's browsing around and came across this awesome polka dot fabric in the remnant bin. I Love polka dots.....I immediately envisioned a cute tote; poking thru the bin some more, I came across a coordinating stripe. Both pieces cost under $6! My mind started racing...what else would I need to make a simple purse?? I found some magnetic snaps and was on my way....I searched the internet when I got home and found a great blog with a super easy pattern. It's filled with loads of fun ideas and patterns with easy to follow instructions! I printed out the instructions on how to make a simple, reversible tote bag and around 2 hours later, here it is!! I changed the shape of the tote in the instructions and added the snap with the help of another internet search.

I'm already planning on making a matching zippered pouch from the same site. I have the instructions all printed and just need to purchase a zipper.

I think the next bag I make may have 2 fabrics on the outside and I'll definately look into adding interfacing to stiffen the bag.....I hope you get a minute to check out this blog, it's has some great ideas! If you visit, click the 'sewing' link on the left side to find this great pattern and others~
Happy Saturday~


  1. just gorgeous...I just bought some brown n blue fabric for a wristlet today....who says vera bradley is the only one who can make cute stuff!!

  2. LOL... and thank you! I would love to see your wristlet when it's finished!

  3. Your tote is so cute. I love the polka dots and stripes!