Monday, May 7, 2012

Summer Fun Tote Bags

Summer Fun Totes

My niece, Sarah, asked me to make large tote bags for her three daughters that would be used for a vacation to Daytona Beach, FL. Tote bags are simple to make and did not require a pattern. Each has a zippered closure with plenty of pockets inside and outside. The bags are lined with companion fabric. I purchased plastic handbag inserts from Lazy Girl Designs that could be slipped into a slot I designed into the bottom of the bag so they would stand up on their own even when empty (as demonstrated in the photos). The handles are nylon strapping for durability and strength. I trimmed the exterior pockets with ribbon and added a length of knotted ribbon to the zipper pull. I machine embroidered each girl's given name on each bag. Once the plastic insert is removed, these bags can be laundered and dried by machine.