Tote to match my sandals

K8OrlandoFebruary 15, 2014

I have quilt projects waiting but was sidetracked by an idea to make a travel tote to go with a new pair of sandals. Big print for front and back, soft leather for bottom and sides. Fully lined and with an oilcloth&timtex bottom for stability. Mesh pockets, outside (for a book and plane tickets) and inside (for lots of small stuff that could get lost in the bottom of the tote). I added panels of highly reflective material in the side panels and on the top edge of the book pocket.

No fancy sewing, quilting, etc. Just a plain and functional tote, but I like it!

The bag and the shoes:

Inside with mesh pouch, light lining so I can find stuff, and a laminated / removable bottom.

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quiltingfox

It's really cute Kate! Is the bottom laminated piece made of fabric?

Best to you,
Sandra

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 3:13PM
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lafonda_ranch

Too Cute!! I love that inner liner :-)

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 4:25PM
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quiltnhen

I'm impressed. Been trying to decide if I want to make a tote that will serve for both a purse and my new larger camera (used to fit in my small old purse with my mini iPad, but the new one has a long lens :-(

Don't think I have all your skills, but maybe I'll try something.
LindaB/CA

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 5:47PM
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K8Orlando

I didn't have a pattern for this but there are lots of tote patterns available for free, I think. Basically it's just a box. I ran into some questions because I wanted the leather bottom to wrap up on the sides by an inch. It worked but there was some guess-work involved. Then I kept adding stuff, like the inside mesh pouch. I could have planned better! There was a pretty yellow bird on the big print that I carefully positioned for the front... then discovered it is exactly where I needed to place the strapping. The best thing about making totes is that you get to decide exactly what size you want them to be.

LindaB, you can do this!

Sandra, I used laminated fabric on timtex for the bottom liner. It's not attached, so I can take it out and make the bag softer or leave it in for structure. Easy to remove and clean too!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 6:41PM
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loisflan

Kate, that is so clever and cute. And summery. It makes those of us up north yearn for warmer weather. You have quite a talent for totes.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 6:47PM
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geezerfolks_SharonG_FL

Snazzeeeeee, Kate!! Cute!

SharonG/FL

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 8:33PM
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quiltingfox

Thanks Kate! At some point in the future I want to learn how to make a tote as I never seem to have enough of them when we go RVing - I like to have each hobby project I take with me in a separate bag. I have a quilted medium sized purse that has a short strap that M-I-L had bought me a few years back and S-I-L is gonna' help me make a larger strap for it later this spring that will go from shoulder to hip to hang diagonally across me for when we are touring places when we go RVing.

Best to you and thanks bunches!,
Sandra

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 9:02PM
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K8Orlando

A couple more pictures, showing the side panel made with leather and a reflective material I originally bought to use in a backpack. (A backpack I never made.)

And then a second picture showing the same shot but with the camera flash on. If I walked around at night, carrying a tote bag, I would be very safe walking along the road. I never do that, but if I did this would be the bag to carry because on-coming cars would light this thing up like crazy!

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 10:44PM
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littlehelen_gw

Very cute and so functional ... Perfect with your new kicks!!!
V.

    Bookmark   February 15, 2014 at 11:31PM
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procrastinator

Now That is a Fashion Statement! I really like the bag- genious design.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 5:19AM
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procrastinator

Now That is a Fashion Statement! I really like the bag- genious design.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 5:20AM
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magothyrivergirl

Cute tote! We can't even wear those shoes inside the house, it is so COLD and snowy -- and it is worse in other places. LOL
Pretty colors.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 8:34AM
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MaeT

What a cool tote. The mesh bag is a great idea.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 2:28PM
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jackier123

Kate this whole post just ticks me off. Here we are with snow one day, zero degree weather the next day and you are buying sandels...but I could use one of those bags to carry my snow boots in. hahaha Nice work. I love the bright colors.

Jackie

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 3:20PM
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K8Orlando

LOL - thanks for all the nice comments and deepest apologies for those of you still suffering from this intense winter! In July and August when I'm sick of the heat and still have 2-3 months of it left, you can take your revenge.

I planned to have a book pocket on the outside, but using mesh for that and then adding the big mesh pouch inside just happened as I was making it. Both pieces of mesh were pulled from old luggage that was being tossed because of broken zippers or handles (or both). I knew they might come in handy!

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 5:59PM
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bev2009

the bag is adorable. you are so clever!

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 10:10AM
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sewmoody

Love it and also really like the sandals, they look comfy.

    Bookmark   February 20, 2014 at 2:56PM
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