Friday, May 15, 2015

FO Friday: tote edition

So, I mentioned earlier this week that my fabric stash was one of the three "stashes" I wanted to whip into shape this summer. So I decided to start with the "low hanging fruit," and in this case that was putting a dent into the MASSIVE collection of print cotton canvas I'd amassed over the years. It started when I first learned how to make this tote bag pattern SIX years ago in my first beginning sewing class. Making those first tote bags was so much fun that I have gotten into the habit of browsing the cotton canvas whenever I'm in a fabric store, and letting myself purchase a yard here and there when I see a print that catches my eye. I should stop kidding myself. One yard? No--more like four yards! I started with my newest acquisitions, so this is eight tote bags going straight to the gifting pile. Two will be end-of-the-year teacher presents, and the rest will become my go-to birthday present for sisters, sisters-in-law, next year's teachers, etc. I'm super excited, as I've been able to make these without purchasing any new fabric for the interior. This pattern uses approximately one yard for the exterior, and one yard for the interior, so we're looking at 16 yards busted from the stash right here! Woohoo!


  1. Those are great! I'd love them as an end of year gift...great idea!

  2. Very pretty and useful presents. They almost make me wish I was a teacher!

  3. They're really funky. I bet they're really well appreciated.

    Cait @ Click's Clan