Wednesday, 6 June 2012

A Tote Bag

Last week, I was rummaging through my fabric stash and found a lightweight corduroy material that I bought from Jo-Ann's during a trip to the States. I decided to use it to make a reversible tote bag from a pattern I downloaded from verypurpleperson. The online instructions were easy to follow that the project took me just an afternoon to make.

The other side

I've made tote bags before but this is the first time I created one with “darts”. The technique seemed intimidating to a novice sewer like me but after practicing on a piece of scrap fabric, I found that it wasn't too bad after all. 

Yeah, I made a dart!

I also used a different colour of thread on the bobbin to match the reversible side.
Excuse the sausage finger and unmanicured tip

Eventually when I become a more advanced sewer, I hope to be able to tackle more complicated projects. For now, I really enjoy sewing tote bags because they are useful, practical, and simple to make. 

Happy Sewing!


  1. Virna,

    Your tote bag looks great. I think you are more advanced than I am. Your product looks finished and beautiful. I really need to download a pattern and learn some new techniques. Great job!


  2. Thanks Jess! Watch out for more projects I will be posting soon from tutorials I found on the internet.

  3. It's a lovely bag. And the fabric choice is so pretty.

  4. Great job, Virna !!! Would love for you & your friends, here at craftmatesetc, come to Follow Me over at "Just North of Wiarton & South of the Checkerboard" ! Looking forward to seeing more of your "new" creations !

  5. Awesome project! Such colorful material. Love that the tote is reversible.

  6. It came out real pretty :) Good job!

  7. I love the color combo. As a novice, it is nice to see projects that look hard, but aren't. I would love it if you would share this on my linky party Tout It Tuesday.

    1. Thanks so much! I have joined your linky party.

      Sorry I don't know how to grab the button and display it with the post. I am a newbie blogger!

    2. Thanks for sharing on Tout It Tuesday! Let me know if you want help putting HTML code into a post.

  8. It's lovely - a definite success! I am a novice sewer and have made quite a few different things but never a tote! It's high up on my list but I always seems to have another project that needs finishing first. I'm looking forward to toting around something I've made though - must be satisfying!

  9. beautiful bag!!!i love the fabric!!!

  10. Your bag turned out very well. Good job! Thank you, too, for linking the original instructions. I think I'll be trying this project myself.


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