Thursday, July 5, 2012

Market Tote for Mom

I love giving handmade items to loved ones.  It's one of the things that got me back into sewing in the first place!  Unfortunately, I'm rarely on time with gifts!  This year, I asked my mom what she wanted me to sew her and she mentioned a tote bag, "denim with some colorful accents".

I looked around my pinterest sewing board and found a pin that was perfect!  Bijou Lovely's Market Tote tote is just great!  The instructions are very clear and simple.  I referred to another pin, by Sew La Vie and her Market Tote, where she used heavier fabrics and made some alterations.

Market Tote

Market Tote

Market Tote

Market Tote

I used a 'duck' canvas from Jo-Ann's (with the upholstery/outdoor fabrics) and a print I've had my eye on for some time ~ I love the pairing.  I turned the handles in 1/4 inch and pressed them, topstitching along each side, instead of turning them inside out.   I added a key clip and inside pocket.  I didn't have enough colorful fabric to have a layer of it under the canvas, so I sewed the two pieces together (the canvas measuring 9.5" x 21" and the flower print measuring 10.5" x 21").  I used the flowered fabric for both the outside and the lining.

This is a great size for lugging things around and it fits nicely over your shoulder.  I can't wait to send it off to my mom, although I hope I can pack it so that it doesn't get all wrinkly..!!

25 comments:

  1. Very nice bag! The blue is a perfect accent!

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  2. Gorgeous bag! I love the fabrics you chose :)

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  3. Great bag! What's the print? I really like it!

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  4. Looks great! I'm going to try one of these to use when we go to the pool!! Thanks!

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  5. It's really lovely and looks so perfectly made. Lucky mum! I'm the same - love giving handmade. And I think mums are pretty safe bets in realizing all the hard work that goes into a handmade item.

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  6. Very cute! The navy is a beautiful choice for that print.

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  7. lovely! I love the fabrics and the end result. I'm glad my suggestions were of value :-)

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  8. You did a great job on this gift! The colors are perfect. Your mother will love it!

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  9. The commenter above took the words right out of my mouth, the colors are perfect! Need to add this to the list now that Seattle is bag free.

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  10. Love this! What a lucky mom!

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  11. Adorable! I love the fabrics!

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  12. This is so beautiful! I love the colours!

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  13. Really great tote! What a super gift!

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  14. waving hello!! you made a very lovely bag! i love to make bags! i think i need a new one soon... :)

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  15. Lovely Bag and Photos :D *New Follower*

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  16. I love your bag, Beth! The floral fabric is the perfect choice with the denim. I hope your mom loved it when she received it!

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