My First Tote Bag

I have the feeling that making bags is going to be addicting in the same way that making pillows is - as there is something so satisfying in seeing the finished product after all the prep work that goes into it. I was actually planning on making a bag tutorial and started out taking pictures of it to share, but then a few little disasters happened and well it caused me to shift directions a few times and thus not make for a very good tutorial.

Supplies used:
- 1/2 yard of Kokka Cars (canvas cotton weight)
- 1/2 yard of houndstooth fabric (found in the men's suit fabric section at JoAnn)
- 50 inches of red seat belt material (I actually bought two yards as I wasn't sure how much I would need)

I decided to box the corners so that it would stand up and I could fit larger amounts of items in it. Never having boxed corners before, I was fairly frustrated for about 10 minutes before I finally figured out a super easy way to do this, which I am planning on sharing when I make my next bag!

This bag can be used to carry diapers, blankets, other Bubb stuff. Or it can go with us to the library.

And I am pretty excited by the lining. Next time I might put in a snap or a zippered pocked. The possibilities are well endless when it comes to bags!

I decided to put my label on the outside as that is what all the "fashion" bags do and I thought I would do the same :)

On a side note, I finally broke down and bought the little robot fabric by Kokka. I have been drooling over this for months and so I had to share!


  1. just found you via dana and i love your blog! your taste in fabric is great and your litle guy is super cute, too. adding you to my google reader now... :)

  2. Wauw, i love your blog and your style!!!

  3. Super tote bag! I would buy it if I saw it in a store.

  4. ooooooooooohhhhh! I love it! Are purses in your future?

  5. Thanks! and welcome!

    @Christie - I don't know! It was so much fun to make and totally addicting, every time I see fabric stacks (which are all over our place) I keep thinking, oh that would make a fun bag and yeah I get distracted easily :) It was easy you could definitely make them for your kids! (or yourself)

  6. Hello! I'm a new reader here, followed Dana's link to see your beach robe! I Love all your creations! I was wondering if you have any tips for sewing with chenile? I see you used it as the backing for some of the burp cloths in your store. Whenever I try to sew with chenile, even using a walking foot, the stitches seem to get really small, even on the largest setting. Any tips?

  7. Hi Audrey! Chenille tips...hmmm...I haven't had that problem with chenille and I use a regular foot. For stitch length it is slightly longer than normal (1 step up) but nothing significant - I do it more to prevent the chenille from 'moving' while sewing. Do you sew with the chenille on the bottom? I doubt it would make any difference but I do pin like crazy. Also maybe changing the type of thread or replacing your needle might make a difference. Hopefully something I said will help!

  8. Thanks, Kristina... I will try it again! I do sew with it on the bottom, right sides together. I'll keep experimenting and maybe check what needle I'm using!

  9. Oops- I also wanted to ask you where you got your labels from?

  10. Hi Audrey - I actually have a post about my labels...check it out here: http://www.sirbubbadoo.com/2011/01/let-me-introduce-you-to-my-labels.html


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