summer tote bag

Can you ever REALLY have enough tote bags?




I mean, everybody’s got stuff to tote.

Today is chilly and drizzly here in the windy city and I’m still not allowed to drive.

Perfect day to sew a new tote bag for summer.

Gathered my supplies and my helper…

Her job is to push the pedal. 😉 kidding.

And to obliterate all scraps of fabric that fall. not kidding.


How happy are these fabrics? Don’t they just scream lemonade and flip flips!

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It’s also reversible.

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And just wook at that widdle pocket. 🙂

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I loved it so much I made a matching zipper pouch and key fob…

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I love making stuff.

What have you been working on lately?



14 Responses to summer tote bag

  1. Sandi ~ A Cottage Muse May 23, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    That is super cute!!

    • Maple & Magnolia May 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Thanks, Sandi!

  2. Rachel May 23, 2013 at 7:07 pm #

    Where did you get the yellow chevron fabric? It is great. I can picture a chair seat covered in that fabric.

    • Maple & Magnolia May 23, 2013 at 9:02 pm #

      Rachel…Hobby Lobby!

  3. cindy the cottage chick May 23, 2013 at 7:26 pm #

    Such a cute bag! When i find my sewing machine and my gumption to sew again, I would love to make a tote with some awesome vintage fabric i found. In the meantime, I’m painting furniture and making soap 🙂 The house smells interesting….

    • Maple & Magnolia May 23, 2013 at 9:03 pm #

      Oh, Cindy…now that sounds like fun!

  4. Elizabeth@ Blue Clear Sky May 24, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    So cute and colourful! I have new pillow fabric waiting for the weekend.

  5. Erin May 24, 2013 at 1:11 am #

    If you make me one, I will buy it. LOVE the tote!!! Working on signs, made a chicken wire star for a client and lowoking to have my curtains made(finally!!!!).

  6. Donnamae May 24, 2013 at 2:27 am #

    Since you love to sew…you should make some to sell! Those are great! And, you can never too many totes! 😉

  7. Melinda Burke May 24, 2013 at 3:05 am #

    Man, oh man have the years flown by! I can remember when you didn’t even sew. Wow and look at you now. GREAT job!!

  8. Stacey@ A Sort Of Fairytale May 24, 2013 at 4:08 am #

    so flippin’ cute…just saw on FB! I want a set…i’ll give you some fabrics if you want to make a set for me, I’ll pay you or we can trade crafts, maybe? you are so good at sewing!

  9. JaneEllen May 24, 2013 at 5:14 am #

    Great tote, love the colorful happy fabrics. Good old HL huh? Did you use a pattern or wing it? You are so great at sewing. I can sew but tend to be lazy about it, just staying with easier projects. You might just have yourself a new business sewing totes for people, they’re so great don’t blame them. The set you made is awesome. Me and zippers, nada.

    Seems like every purse i own the linings have holes in them and I lose things in bottom of purse. Haven’t gotten around to fixing any of them. I got 2 pinto bean burlap bags at a local thrift store. They aren’t wide enough to do much with them but are long and narrow. So I decided I was going to make a tote bag out of one of them. Had no idea how to go about it but made a lining, put two good sized pockets in lining then figured out how to put it inside the pinto bean bag, sewing in the straps and around the top of the bag. Just did little bit at a time. I have had more comments on that purse/tote.

    People want to know if I’ll make them one. Don’t know where I can get more of the bags but thought I could make my own, stencil something on outside or use a transfer, pretty much make the lining like I did with first one. Then see if anybody will buy them. Will only make 3 or 4 at first. I did get some burlap on sale at Walmart and can make enough out of one yard to start off.

    We need to find some way to make extra green stuff so I’m trying different ideas. We’re also making trugs, tool boxes, end tables, benches to see how it goes first. Our biggest road block is where to sell what we make and how to get the word out. But we’re not giving up. We’re two seniors plugging away, keeping busy. Have great holiday weekend.

  10. Deb May 25, 2013 at 12:52 am #

    That’s so fun!! Love the pattern combo! It’s so happy. I used to sew a LOT and miss it. I’ve been thinking about bringing the machine out again. I want to make black harem pants like the Eileen Fisher ones that cost $178 that I don’t want to pay $178 for. More like, $17.80. Because I may wear them once and be terrified to be seen in them again. Depending on people’s faces. I live near you — if you ever see a woman waddling around in black pants with a baggy crotch down to the ankles, that’s probably me. Or maybe I’ll only wear them in the city, we’ll see …

  11. Debbie refresh resytle June 5, 2013 at 12:29 am #


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