This weekend my craftiness was itching to get out. Therefore I decided that I needed to make a new tote to carry my things. Most of my current bags are rather small, so I came to the logical conclusion that I needed a bigger one. After much internet searching, I found a design I liked here.
I printed out the pattern, but really only used it to see what measurements that pattern suggested – which I ended up modifying anyway. I began by digging through my tubs of fabric to decide which ones to use.
I settled in for the long-haul with my favorite drink and a supervisor.
I chose a canvas material because I wanted to paint a verse onto my bag. I chose Psalm 145:13 and penciled it on. I used a piece of cardboard to make sure I stayed straight.
I used a tiny paintbrush for the lettering, and a larger one for the octopus arms. Yes, you read it right – I painted octopus arms onto the tote. God gave me a red octopus as a symbol of a promise to me. Since the verse I chose is about God’s promises, adding a touch of red octopus just seemed all too appropriate for me.
After the paint dried, I sewed the two panels to the bottom which is a red corduroy. I also decided to add two more octopus arms, because only having two made it look like it was lacking.
Next I cut out the lining and added a corduroy pocket to one side – because what bag is complete without a pocket?
To finish the tote off, I stuffed the interior into the completed exterior, and pinned the trim and handles on. (To make the trim, I just left extra interior fabric at the top and folded it over.) Once I had it pinned in place, I sewed an 1/2-inch seam along the top and bottom of the trim to secure the handles.
And here is the finished product!