|The bag pictured in the tutorial. Not mine.|
OK, back to the project. So I selected my fabrics. I liked the one for the main body of the bag so much, but found that other than black, it would be difficult to match or coordinate a third fabric. The lining/trim and handles would all be the same black patterned fabric.
|THIS one is my tote bag.|
One thing I re-learned by sewing this bag is how to make a French seam. I had to do a refresher course since the last time I sewed a French seam might have been back in high school sewing class. Do they even have those anymore? Anyway, that was long, long ago. I went to trusty Youtube and found this tutorial (although there are quite a few of them).
One thing I added to the tote bag was a shaper/strengthener piece at the bottom of the bag. I cut a piece of foam core board the same size of the bottom of the bag and then covered it with fabric. I used the main fabric for contrast, but you can also use the lining fabric.
I would highly recommend this project! It can be done in a day, or probably an afternoon if you're a quick sewer, have all of your supplies organized and don't get distracted by stuff in your craft room or something going on out of the window. Would I make another one of these? Yes, definitely! I'd say this project was a success!
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