This week I made two more bags using the BC totem pole fabrics.
Heather made a blue bag for me and I liked the style. I copied a little of everyone's idea and I made these two totes.
I prefer to make ties on the sides of the bag instead of snaps. Isabel was on an escalator in Toronto this spring, she was standing behind her daughter, Lisa turned to talk to her mom and saw a man putting his hand in her mom's purse, it startled both of them. Using the ties on the sides allows you to open the bag wider when you need to. I like a button in the front for the same reason, plus, no one can put their hand in your bag without you knowing. I gave Isabel the orange tote bag. Now I feel she is safe. She will never use an escalator in TO again.
Here is the bag Heather made for me.
This bag has no pockets on the outside. I cut the lining on the fold, eliminating a side seam. I made one pocket to go around the whole inside lining, then sewed vertical lines to make small pockets. Next I sew the side seam and bottom, leaving an opening in the bottom for turning.
This is just a plain tote bag with no pocket on the outside or lining.
This bag was made with 2 1/2" strips, using the sew and flip technique.