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Hello, I'm Julie! I describe myself as a stitcher and fabric fanatic who mostly quilts, but also dabbles in crochet and other crafts. I live in Lenexa, Kansas and I've been sewing since 2010.

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87Redux - Vintage 80s Tote Bag

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : 87Redux - Vintage 80s Tote Bag
87Redux - Vintage 80s Tote Bag
87Redux - Vintage 80s Tote Bag
87Redux - Vintage 80s Tote Bag
87Redux - Vintage 80s Tote Bag
87Redux - Vintage 80s Tote Bag

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • sewing

Pattern Description:

Do you remember when everyone had those awesome Esprit bags in the 80s? I do! And I remember feeling like totally awesome carrying mine to school the first day. Over the years I've randomly searched for them online. Guess what? Apparently they hold their value and I should have purchased dozens back in the day. They are selling for $100-$200!

I'm not willing to pay that, so I've looked at a ton of images and have done my best to recreate this iconic 80's teen bag of choice. I do suggest using the Duck Cloth - it's kind of the perfect canvas for this.

3/4 yard of Cotton Duck Canvas in main color
1/6 yard of Cotton Duck Canvas for strap accent color
(or 1 yard cut if using the same color throughout)

2" Stencils
Double sided fusible web (Wonder Under)
Colorful fabric scraps

This bag is great for EVERYTHING. As a school bag, library tote or even hauling groceries. My laptop fits in there as well.

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • approximately 15"x 18" not including straps.


  • Duck Cloth
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread

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