Friday, 11 October 2013

Reversible Tote, Easy Sewing Project and Tips.

I've got many, but in my opinion this is "the" shopping bag: eco-friendly, reusable, reversible, machine-washable and, above all, a versatile accessory, fashionable enough to be your walker bag! 


Oh my, I finally know where to put my laptop and sketch book! I've been enslaved to a backpack all my life, but with this tote I can leave it at home, and pick a beautiful purse from my wardrobe to match my outfit. 


I made the first of these bags for myself, and used it until the side rubbing against the hip has become blue with the dye of my denim jeans! No worries: a short trip into the washing machine and it was new again!


As you can see the bag is totally reversible, inside there is a nice printed cotton, outside a coated shintzè (which is polyester) of a gorgous lavender-gray. I don't know why BLOGGER decided to display everything against this ugly gray background lately...


...but the fabric isn't dark at all, it's almost a neutral! What I like the most is that it matches with any cold palette. Then, when you feel more flower-power, or likely to wear warm colors, you just use it inside out!


To Do it Yourself, my advice is to make the two handles before, and put them aside. Then sew the three sides of two almost identical squares, as you were making a pillow-case. Now reverse the one case you want inside, put it into the other, fold both the open sides, and be ready to sew them together in one only hem. Before doing so, hide the four ends of the handles between the folded layers, and pin them. Now sew the hem. What you'll have is the awesome tote above. Eventually, in order to make it more resistant, make a cross (X) seaming right under the handles, and it's done!

There is nothing more simple, but the result is great,  I guarantee it gives you lot of satisfaction!

10 comments:

  1. I know what it means to be stuck with an ugly laptop bag... This tote, on the other hand, is amazing! I love reversible stuff :)

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    1. I love reversible stuff as well, items get more resistant and looks more thoughtful!

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  2. Hi Elettra, I love this bag - you have been busy with lots of sewing! Your photos are really good, very clear and professional. Very best wishes to you :)

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    1. ...Thank you Deborah! I missed you! How is your new job going!?

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  3. Brian and I were just talking about how we were going to start bringing our own bags to the grocery stores. I can't believe how fast the plastic ones accumulate in my closet. If everyone did that, what a difference it would make!

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    1. Exactly! I always bring my own bags to the grocery shop, I think it's a good habit....and once you get it, it's done!

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