52 crafts // echino tote

December 26, 2013

Yet another project I’ve made as a Christmas present. My mom is the lucky new owner of this tote. I came up with the design and pattern myself. We both love echino fabrics and linen so naturally I used both in this project. I started with a bunch of echino fabrics and determined the width of the strip by the size of the green bike fabric.

I just love how bright and summer-y it looks. I’ll definitely have to make a similar one for me – once I found a source of high-quality linen in Germany! [other than flea markets…]

I made the handles long enough that the tote can be carries on your shoulders or in one hand. The lining is a repurposed bed sheet and the cute pink polka dot pockets are ideal for cell phones, keys, etc.
I used a lightweight fusible interfacing to five the bag some stability without adding too much weight and bulk – it’s suppose to be a tote that can be carried around to flea markets, the grocery store, etc.

I’m sorry about the picture quality – we’re having a very rainy Christmas over here so we had to wait for the rain to stop for a few minutes to hurry outside and snap some pictures in my grandma’s garden. This bag is definitely my favorite gift I made this year – do you know those gifts that you’d love to keep yourself and you’re having a real hard time giving them to the recipient? This tote is definitely one of those and I’m glad I decided to make it and finally use some of my beloved echino fabrics. They’re too pretty to stay hidden in my closet!

52craftprojects2013This is project #39 of 52 craft projects I’m attempting to complete in 2013.
You can see all the other projects I’ve complete so far here.

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1 Comment

  • Reply Nancy December 26, 2013 at 14:49

    Great-looking bag – the long handles will make it a nice bag for shopping.

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