Reversible Tote Bag

by GettingFreedom on June 30, 2011

A little known fact about me is that if I had all the time in the world, I would fill my spare time with sewing.  I seriously love creating things with fabric, I just don’t have  make the time for it.  As soon as our {continued} craziness ends {please tell me it will end!}, I plan to change that and sew, at a minimum, once a week for atleast an hour. 

My latest project, which unfortunately was back in Decemember, only took me right over an hour to complete.  And that’s cutting out and everything!  I still consider myself to be a beginner, so I found that to be impressive.  Maybe it isn’t, but I’m going to pretend it is. ;)

I made this reversible tote bag to give my daughter as one of her Christmas gifts.  She absolutely fell in love with it!

Shown "right" side out

Now that I see how much she loves it and how often she uses it, along with how easy it was to create–I can’t wait to get started making more!  As a matter of fact, I bought all the material a few months back to make another, bigger version to use as a diaper bag.


Total Cost of this Reversible Bag:: Right around $5!

For full instructions, along with pictures {for us visual people}–You’ll have to check out Cindy’s tutorial over at Skip to My Lou.

Now, to clean the living room, so I can make a diaper bag! ;)

This post is part of Frugal Friday.

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Living So Abundantly July 1, 2011 at 5:30 am

What a beautiful tote! Your daughter’s smile–precious! When someone takes their time to make a gift, you know they really put time and thought, and that is so valuable!

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Rhen @Yes, they are all mine July 1, 2011 at 6:18 am

I really, really want to sew. I have a sewing machine, material, and all kinds of stuff, now I just need to step up and get to it! I keep worrying I am going to mess up a project really badly. Ugh. Going to have to check out the tutorial. Maybe all I need is a good shove in the right direction.
Adorable bag!!


Kerry D. July 3, 2011 at 9:22 pm

@Rhen @Yes, they are all mine, I say go for it! I’ve had to take many hems out and do over, but each time I learn things… So, don’t worry if you mess up. If you can do a straightforward project, with inexpensive fabric it will keep your stress level down. (I almost never do a large project, because I love the satisfaction from finishing something. So, I do a lot of totes, toiletry bags, etc.) Have fun!!! And don’t worry at all if it’s not perfect.


Angi July 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm

That’s a cute bag! I don’t have much time to sew during the school year, but during the summer I try to sew for several hours each week. This summer my daughter and I are hosting a summer sewing school on Fridays for some of her friends. We have an online version also. So far we’ve made felt needlebook, pin cushion, hot pads and pajama pants. This week we’ll make a lined tote and then the last 2 weeks a doll quilt. There’s complete tutorials for each project, we’d love to have more join us


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