This everyday catch all tote has been in the making for a long time.
The exterior and interior fabrics I got a long time back from my favourite local fabric store Forget me knots , with the intention of making a tote.
I love combining a patterned fabric with the News print fabric, so thats what I decided to do for this tote.I had cut out the fabric . I added the slip pockets (using the same method I learnt long back at the bag workshops in Kuwait. It is my trusted go to method.)
For the pockets ,I just pulled out a few big enough favourite fabric scraps from my stash .
Then I wanted to add an inside zipper pocket along with the slip pockets. Since I did not know how to do that, ‘procraftination’ happened.
A few tutorials combined helped me figure that out, however, this tutorial in particular.helped me a lot.
I wanted a pop of colour against the black and white lining fabric and decided to add a bright red zipper that I had bought in Kuwait, back when .
That the silver metal teeth of the zipper kind of matched the bag interior was an added bonus.I prefer silver, and copper coloured metal teeth zipper to the nylon and gold ones.
The colourful lining to the zipper pocket was to keep up with the pop of colour theme and to add a little surprise element to the tote.
And while I was at it , I thought I’d add a key fob too.
The lovely owner of Forget me knots once told me that it is always a good idea to use darker colours for bag handles as that is one of the places to get dirty first . So thats what I kept in mind choosing fabric for the handles.The fabric was part of a precut Fat quarter bundle, I purchased in a sale.
The bag is interfaced with fusible batting and the handles with a thinner interfacing for flexibility and sturdiness.
I learnt a lot making this bag as I went along, adding elements that I would like in my dream tote. It’s still a work in progress even though I’m happy with how this bag turned out.