I’ve been wanting to make a tote bag to use when I go work because of all the interview papers that I have to bring along with me. Nothing outside and factory-made catches my eye, and why would I want to buy a bag anyway when I can make my own DIY Spring Tote Bag? :)
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In love with the cheery flowery prints that I had chosen for the tote bag, just right for Spring.
It is a bit larger than A4 size, and very spacious for my things. There are two simple pockets for phone and other trinkets. I didn’t add a zippered pocket because I wanted the tote to be fuss-free and it’s really a bag where I can dump everything in.
It has a metal clasp to secure the contents in, but also makes it easy for me to grab anything out. It’s really good when I have to run for the bus/train and fish for my purse at the same time.
I’ve taken an up close photo of what you can’t see from the above pictures – pretty embroidered flowers and vines on the bottom part of the bag. Of course I didn’t embroider them, I wish I could! But, they already came with the fabric. :-) It’s these little details that make me secretly happy inside..
Here are some photos of the bag-making process:
Sewing on the simple pocket.
Both sides of the inner lining of the bag.
The outer and the inner part of the bags before putting them together! :) Pardon my messy background.
Attaching the straps. I used weaved cotton straps from Japan. Heavy duty, and soft to the touch.
After I sewed the outer and lining parts together. This is how it looks like before turning it right side out. Can you imagine? :) Most of your bags look like this before completion.
Reaching in from the bottom of the bag, where I left a hole.
Pulling it alllllll out. Lol.
Almost done!! :D
Finally. Doing a top-stitch around the top edge of the bag to create a finished look, and also to secure the straps more tightly to the body.
Messy hair, no make up except for sunscreen, baggy eyes. And I had to make it into a ‘poster’. Haha.