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My minimalist tote bag

Added Mar 25, 2012

by FloreK

Utrecht, Netherl...






As a first project for my new second hand sewing machine I wanted to start with something that was simple to make, but that I really wanted to have and when I found Renske’s tutorial on Designsponge, I knew I didn’t have to look any further. I love the clever, clean design of this bag, but for me to want to use it all the time, I knew I had to add a few things. First of all an inside pocket for my phone, so I won’t have to dig through my entire bag when it rings. Second, a zippered pocket (made with a very good tutorial from u-handbag) for lip balm and other small things and third, a trick I stole from a bag I own (brand: Bree), a strap to hook your keys onto, so you can easily find them and dig them up. With all of this customization and Renske’s amazing design, I positively love this bag! Got a ton of compliments on it as well! I guess I shouldn’t tell anyone that the grey at the bottom of the bag isn’t completely lined up, or that the stitching on the inner pockets needs improving, but those are just things I’ll try to do better on in future projects.

Material Notes

Cottan canvas (white and grey), bought half a meter each, but used less
Leather for straps
Pink 13cm zipper




Spring, Summer
Garment Type
Cotton, Eyelet, Leather/Fur


Designsponge tutorial for Renske's tote bag
Zippered pocket tutorial

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    Mar 25, 2012, 04.49 PMby candicej

    I’ve wanted to make this bag for ages, but I’m so nervous of the eyelets and rivets, as I don’t have the correct tools, and have never done them before. Yours looks so great, well done! I love your colour combinations, too.

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      Mar 26, 2012, 09.18 AMby FloreK

      All I needed for mine was a hammer and a hard surface, all the other parts came with the eyelets. I did practice on a scrap first, so I wouldn’t be too nervous about cutting holes in the bag. I think Renske also has a tutorial on how to place eyelets on her blog (thedressimade.com). Good luck with it if you do try (and I think you should, it’s a really nice bag!).

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