July 13, 2008

A new summer tote

I finally squeezed in some sewing time this past week and made myself a new summer tote!

new summer tote

I've had this style on my mind for quite awhile, after discovering moop and their awesome market bag. Mine is a bit simpler, with just one pleat.

new summer tote

Both the outside and lining fabrics are from the bargain bin at Joann fabrics. I wasn't quite ready to use some of my nicer fabrics, though I still really like both fabrics for this bag. I ironed the interfacing onto the lining since I didn't want to lock down the outside because of the pleat. I initially made it way too big, and actually took it apart and took all the seams in. More and more I'm realizing that with sewing you just gotta go for it and persist until it comes out right.

new summer tote

Also, I'm going to the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco tomorrow! I'm super duper excited - I know there's going to be tons of talented people there to be inspired by. I'll try to take some pics and share with all of you on Monday!

19 comments:

Marian said...

really nice bag! I love this big totes because I ussually carry lots of staff. I have a kid and between cookies, something to drink, a car, a book and...there is always too much. Like the fabrics too!

I wish i knew how to sew!

Tina said...

The bag looks so good. Did you use a pattern or just create it yourself?

Wendy said...

Thanks Marian! It's not too late to learn to sew now! :)

Tina: yup, just made it up! Thanks!

kLa said...

I actually had Moops market bag on bookmark for my next etsy purchase, but I absolutely love your version too. you are so talented!

Krissy said...

Wow! That is super cute :)

Laura B said...

What a beautiful design, and the secret fabric inside is goergous! Hope you has an inspiring time at the craft fair :)

Hollabee said...

such a beautiful bag. Simplicity makes things look so nice I think. gorgeous!

cornelia said...

oooh beautiful! =) when are you going to start selling bags too. hehee

Wendy said...

Thank you!! Cornelia - haha, probably not anytime soon :)

Shimmy Shake said...

Really adorable, I love pleats. I am so jealous of the Renegade Craft Fair - wish I had planned in advance to be in SF for that. Enjoy - I am sure it will be wonderful.

cleen said...

cutest. bag. evaaar. i think cornelia has a point, when can this be available to buy!!!?! :)

Stardust said...

I can sew but I have a problem with doing up the edges so that they won't fray. After washes, sewed stuff tend to wear a little and mending just don't work sometimes, so I'm sort of giving up sewing. =( I admire your effort and your tote looks brilliant.

Wendy said...

MaryAnne - thank you! I love pleats too. :) And I'll share pictures from the fair soon!

Cleen - haha, thanks!

Stardust - I wish I had a serger to finish up the raw edges, but having a lining is a nice way of hiding those edges too. I haven't done it, but I think you can also use bias tape as well. I hope you give it another try :)

meg said...

the bag is fantastic! and the color is perfect (yay for the bargain bin!). I've been wanting to make one like this, but even bigger. well done!

Julie said...

Cute bag! I love the pleat detailing.

Venetian Blue said...

I think you have done really well with this bag as the shape looks difficult to make. Love the shape and the fabric - hope you have got the size how you want it. Will we be seeing it in one of your nicer fabrics?
Jacqui

craftyclaire said...

That is a lovely bag design. Just found your blog, enjoying the reading!

Shorty said...

I just found your site today and I'm hooked! You've got some amazing projects, and I love this bag!!!!!!

Jill said...

Love! Love! Love this purse! Would you be willing to make me one? Serious! I will pay!! Or let me buy the pattern? Sullivan.jill@gmail.com.