denim tote

3.21.2011

I've been waiting and waiting to finally make this beautiful tote from //Between the Lines// tutorial.  Oh, and if you haven't stumbled on Pascale's blog yet, you're in for a treat, she has lots of great tutorials and absolutely stunning photography. 


I had gotten the denim a looong time ago and cranked it out the other night.  If you want to practice some different ways to sew seams, this is a great opportunity.  From a half french seam to french seams, you'll be able to get a good feel for them all! 


I wish I could have found some nice leather for the straps, but instead I used some Amy Butler Soul Blossoms. Just cut my two strap pieces 5" wide by 26" long and ironed/folded as you would bias tape.  I even have enough denim for another bag, so you might be seeing more of these. 


It was really quick to sew and I think it makes a great bag for lugging around all that mommy on the go stuff!

ps, thanks for your excitement for my new bag/tote pattern!

22 comments :

  1. beautiful bag...love it...greetings barbara
    my blog

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  2. Cool Anna....it looks so roomy and chic too! I love Pascale's blog too...her tutorials are great! Now I feel like making one too :)

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  3. Wonderful bag! Have you tried looking at thrift stores for leather belts...? :)

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  4. Lovely! Thanks for the link to the tutorial!

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  5. tolle tasche herzliche grüße barbara

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  6. Denim is such a great choice for bags that need to be able to tote everything round! I just used some heavy weight denim and linen in a change bag I made in anticipation of imminent baby number two, and I'm hoping it's going to stand up to tough use!

    Love the splash of colour on the straps on yours too :)

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  7. Your bag looks lovely! I love the fabric straps - they give a summer-y feel to the bag.
    And thank you so much for all the publicity! My site's been busy all day... at first I didn't get it - until I saw your post in my reader... You made my day!! Thanks!!
    xo, Pascale

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  8. anna i luv ur bag, and leather straps sound dreamy. i can't wait to see the tutorial.

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  9. I love it! You did a great job with the straps too.

    I discovered Pascale's blog a couple of months ago and she is pretty amazing. All of her tutorials are just so cool.

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  10. Great bag! Reminds me of this one (http://roseleej.blogspot.com/2011/01/popping-in.html) from U-Handbag. I also wanted leather straps but didn't have it in the budget. See my VERY inexpensive alternate (still want the leather!) :)

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  11. Ok, that IS super cute! I am not normally a big fan of denim, but I think this is adorable with the pleating! Thanks for the blog rec, I'm off to check it out now.

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  12. That's a great looking bag ... I'm going to check out the tutorial now.

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  13. Love it! You amaze me, you're so productive.

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  14. I like that and how the handles are in the pleat.

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  15. Darling bag Anna! I love the selvedge at the top, it makes it look so no nonsense! I need to check out Pascales blog!

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  16. I love the raw edge on the denim. So cute!

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  17. I love the fabric you used for the straps, but if you ever need leather for a project like this, I made that bag last year and ended up buying a leather jacket at a thrift store and cutting it up. It cost $15 but I had enough leather to make straps for I think six bags.

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