Bag-Making Basics: Reversible Tote & Zipper Pouch »
InstructionsI made the reversible tote smaller than listed on the pattern by 6 inches and shortened the handles by 1.5 inches. I made the interior pocket a different size as well. The pattern called for a 5x5 and I cut out the pieces 4x9.
Type of item: Accessory
Style: Traditional, Eco-Friendly, Casual
I upcycled using my husband's frayed Docker's pants ( cotton twill ).
What was your inspiration?
I don't need a tote for myself but my husband needs one to transport soup and stuff to work for lunch. I didn't find a fabric I liked in my stash, but had a couple of pairs of his old dockers that have frayed at the cuff. I used one pant leg each from two different pairs of pants and cut off one of the stitched seams and cut my pattern pieces from my "new" piece of "fabric".
What are you most proud of?
That with the high contrast fabrics I chose, the side seams matched up so nicely! Also that the weight of the twill gives the tote a lot of body without having to use interfacing.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Print out the instructions and take notes or highlight the steps on your printout while watching the video, then read them through before each step at your sewing machine. I didn't do this when sewing and stitched when I should have pressed when sewing the handles. I don't have my computer and my sewing machine in the same part of my house, so I didn't take online notes.