Tote Bag

In my Sewing 100 class, we are making a tote bag.

However, it is too small a bag to use for work.

Once again, onto Youtube I went in search of a suitable size bag.

I need a new bag because my current bag is on its last legs.

This is particularly sad for me as I have had that bag since 2008.

I bought the bag at M&S when I was in London with my mom.

I LOVE this bag.

However, as you can see, the handles are so frayed it is going to rip soon.

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Now, I’m not getting rid of the bag.

I’ll either put new handles on or cut it up and use the fabric for other projects (all ideas welcome on how I can use Twiggy’s face somehow).

The bag tutorial I found was Beverly’s DIY Reversible Tote Bag.

I wanted a lined bag, and this video looked easy enough.

Now, I swear I watched the part about the pocket 40 times and each time I said, “Are you sure?” to myself.

Maybe I was just constantly hearing her instructions incorrectly, but my pocket was upside down on the finished item.

Since the bottom of the lining is open until the very end, I was able to rip stitches out and do a little repair work.

Now the pocket is correct and is large enough to hold my stethoscope (although, my intended slot for pens had to be sewn shut to do the repair).

I found the fabric in the clearance section at Joann’s and used 1 yard to make the bag (using the same fabric for the lining).

Using some fusible fleece to give it a little strength, the entire bag cost me bout $6.00.

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I’m sure as my skills increase, I’ll be able to make a bag that has slots and pockets galore to hold all my work stuff.

For now, this will be just fine!

Next up, making a small zippered pouch to hold my pens, sharpies and scissors.

I also whipped up a little something for a friend that I will show after I send it 😉

Tomorrow is my last Sewing 100 class then it is onto a one day class to learn how to make stuffed animals.

Hope your weekend is proving to be relaxing!

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4 thoughts on “Tote Bag

  1. Sandra Licher says:

    Look at you go with the sewing! Twiggy….I so remember her back in the day. She’d probably be considered overweight by today’s model standards although I hope they are getting more realistic for the sake of young girls growing up. Have you seen any of Debbie Shore’s sewing videos? She has a ton and is British, a friend of mine over there swears by her videos. You did such a great job! Pockets and everything! I spent a ton of time yesterday just trying to ‘straighten’ my fabric! LOL! You could frame Twiggy or how about one of your pillows? Love hearing about your sewing classes and ‘adventures’! Have a great week!

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