This was a great, one-afternoon sewing project, and I love the result – large, sturdy, carry-them-anywhere canvas bags! I used the pattern from my most favorite of blogs, Purl Bee – the Everyday Tote. For the bag fabric (top portion) I used 1/2 yard of Cotton Duck in color Natural. The bag accent fabric (bottom portion) is 1/2 yard of Kiyohara Linen Blend Solid in color Brown. Both of these fabrics are marvelous to work with, and I’d love to use them for other projects, as well – I’ve made bags out of the Cotton Duck before, but I’d love to use the Kiyohara again, it is so soft and the color saturation is beautiful.
The handle is 2 yards of Sangle Cotton Webbing in color Natural, and the hit of color comes from bias tape – 5 yards of Dot Bias Tape, in either Orange or Green. Finally, I bought Mettler’s Neon Thread in the corresponding colors.
The pattern is simple enough, but it uses a lot of important skills and introduces some unique approaches. I had not used bias tape to cover up seams before, and my first attempts were far from perfect, but that’s the great thing about a bag – it doesn’t have to be perfect in order to be functional and look good!
This project would make great gifts for a whole slew of people, and they go together so quickly that it’s fun to experiment with different fabrics and color combinations. There are a lot more colors of Dot Bias Tape that I’d like to have an excuse to use!Pin It