Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Tote


I had been using this $4.99 Ikea tote bag to go back and forth to work. It says Ikea Food on it and is pretty utilitarian and ugly, but functional. It held my lunch, workout clothes, water bottle, etc. The zipper broke, plus it had a few worn spots.

It was the PERFECT size for my stuff with the PERFECT sized pockets, so I measured and made one just like it. I put water bottles in the pockets to show you the size.


The fabric I used was from the remnant table at Hancock Fabrics. It is some kind of outdoor fabric, very heavy. I lined it with a cotton I had in my stash. I bought a 22" zipper for the top and the webbing for the handles. Of course, I could not find my most recent JoAnn Fabrics coupon for the webbing. Isn't that always the way it is.

Anyway, it was super simple to make and went together a lot quicker than I expected. Maybe the drudgery of having to go back to work Monday (after 11 days off!) will be made lighter by having a new bag. Let's hope so.

10 comments:

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a great looking tote! It really looks like a good size too. And the fabric won't show much dirt. Very nicely done :-)

Beth said...

Love the fabric used - you did an awesome job on this just by measuring!

Pokey said...

I love the new tote, so much more personal when it's homemade, huh? Maybe sewing a tote will help me stop the tantrums (No! NO! Don't make me go to school!!) *sigh*
Then I get there, open the door to happy little faces, and I'm glad to be back...
Hope your first day back is a good one, Sue!

SewCalGal said...

I love your new bag. Mine is currently falling apart, so you have inspired me to make a new one soon. Thanks!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

ivoryspring said...

Your new tote is beautiful, Sue. I love the colors.

Sew It UP! said...

Love the tote! To be honest with you, I'm glad it's time for the kids to go back to school and the hubby to be back at work. Now I can have some me time.

ivoryspring said...

Sue,

Thanks for your kind kind words on baby's Christmas dress! I hope you have gotten a great start to your week.

Rene' said...

Great bag! Love the way it turned out. I also went to JoAnn's today without my coupon. Can't remember the last time that worked out the way it should. Happy New Year!

corinnea said...

Very nice! Pattern maybe?

beth said...

Love your new bag. Sounds like a great way to begin the new year at work to me!

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