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Threads all over: Renske’s minimalist tote bag

Added Nov 1, 2010

by nettevivante

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I found this wonderful tutorial for a simple canvas tote bag on design sponge. I love this website. There are so many, many beautiful and inspiring projects to discover. And it serves lots of DIYs. So if you are looking for a self made present for anybody, I can only advise you to look there.

This minimalist tote bag tutorial is provided by Renske from Den Haag. She is a really talented seamstress and you can admire her creations on her blog ‘The dress I made’. I am really inspired by her mission, which is to sew her whole wardrobe herself. Since I have started to sew, my whole fashion shopping attitude has changed, too.

Anyway, here comes my seamstress version of Renske’s minimalist tote bag. I love this bag’s holding and closing mechanism. As soon as one picks the handle, the bag closes itself!
I made some alterations. I did not have any rivets, so I decided to simply sew the leather handles on the bag with several stitches. In addition to this I used the same leather as for the handles for the bag’s bottom. This serves for a better standing and a nice look.


Material Notes

canvas blend




Garment Type
Blends, Eyelet, Leather/Fur


The dress I made

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    Nov 2, 2010, 08.34 AMby nettevivante

    Thanks to everybody for their kind comments! Hope you will have as much fun with that tutorial, as I had! :)

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    Nov 2, 2010, 06.34 AMby michelle ><><><

    i love making bags, this one is great! <><

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    Nov 2, 2010, 04.52 AMby taeco

    かっこいいバッグだね!! thank you for the link! I want to try!

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    Nov 2, 2010, 02.34 AMby runningwithscissors1

    Very cool bag. Thanks for the link. You did a beautiful job.

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    Nov 1, 2010, 08.36 PMby zaarissima

    eine wundervolle Tasche!

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    Nov 1, 2010, 03.30 PMby janul

    ooooh, very nice! I love the fabric and everything :)

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    Nov 1, 2010, 02.34 PMby kelepso

    It’s a beautiful piece. God know I need a sewing bag. What a great fabric. Where did you find it?

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      Nov 1, 2010, 03.24 PMby nettevivante

      Thank you! I bought the fabric on etsy. It is a japanese fabric from Kokka. I think you can find it easily by searching for ‘threads Kokka’ fabric. Otherwise contact me again and I will look it up for you! :)

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