Created by: Shoestring
Project

Autumn Colors Tote

What are you most proud of? I split the exterior pocket into two sections, each 6" x 6". See photo of tote turned inside out. The two interior pockets are 8" wide by 6" deep, The closure is a nickel size bronze colored magnetic snap. I designed a number of large handmade polymer clay decorative medallions and buttons specifically for several bags made out of this awesome coarse weave fabric. What advice would you give someone starting this project? TIP: When designing a tote,I think about how I carry it, and how It feels on me when walking. This tote is worn over the shoulder with a sub-divded exterior pocket on the front side only. Let me explain why . . . The back side of the tote without a pocket fits flush against my body. Can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be to wear a tote with front and back exterior pockets filled? If you need extra pockets--put them in the interior of the tote.

You Can Make This

Shoestring made Autumn Colors Tote with:

  • Coarse Weave Upholstery Fabric exterior
  • Cotton Print for linings. Handmade Polymer Clay Decorative Medallion

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I split the exterior pocket into two sections, each 6" x 6". See photo of tote turned inside out. The two interior pockets are 8" wide by 6" deep, The closure is a nickel size bronze colored magnetic snap. I designed a number of large handmade polymer clay decorative medallions and buttons specifically for several bags made out of this awesome coarse weave fabric. What advice would you give someone starting this project? TIP: When designing a tote,I think about how I carry it, and how It feels on me when walking. This tote is worn over the shoulder with a sub-divded exterior pocket on the front side only. Let me explain why . . . The back side of the tote without a pocket fits flush against my body. Can you imagine how uncomfortable it would be to wear a tote with front and back exterior pockets filled? If you need extra pockets--put them in the interior of the tote.

Q&A with Shoestring

TanjaH asked:
Another cute tote! I love the medallion detail makes it extra special. I love it.
Shoestring answered:
Thanks Tanja. I visited your fine city in August--and got lost trying to get on and off the freeway. I thought about you when I got lost--wishing I had your phone#. I'll send you an email soon. What have you been up to?

Skill Level

Beginner