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87Redux - Vintage 80s Tote Bag


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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. MATERIALS 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) OPTIONAL - LETTERING 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. BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY sewing SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS approximately 15"x 18" not including straps.

Supplies Needed

  • Duck Cloth
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread

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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.