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denim tote

I’ve been waiting and waiting to finally make this beautiful tote from //Between the Lines// tutorial.  Oh, and if you haven’t stumbled on Pascale’s blog yet, you’re in for a treat, she has lots of great tutorials and absolutely stunning photography. 

I had gotten the denim a looong time ago and cranked it out the other night.  If you want to practice some different ways to sew seams, this is a great opportunity.  From a half french seam to french seams, you’ll be able to get a good feel for them all! 
I wish I could have found some nice leather for the straps, but instead I used some Amy Butler Soul Blossoms. Just cut my two strap pieces 5″ wide by 26″ long and ironed/folded as you would bias tape.  I even have enough denim for another bag, so you might be seeing more of these. 

It was really quick to sew and I think it makes a great bag for lugging around all that mommy on the go stuff!

ps, thanks for your excitement for my new bag/tote pattern!

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22 Responses to denim tote

  1. Екатерина Смирнова 03.21.2011 at 8:27 am #

    m-m-m-m. I want this bag!!!!

  2. Barbara 03.21.2011 at 8:58 am #

    beautiful bag…love it…greetings barbara
    my blog

  3. runa damji 03.21.2011 at 8:59 am #

    Cool Anna….it looks so roomy and chic too! I love Pascale’s blog too…her tutorials are great! Now I feel like making one too :)

  4. mary 03.21.2011 at 9:25 am #

    Wonderful bag! Have you tried looking at thrift stores for leather belts…? :)

  5. Tara 03.21.2011 at 9:46 am #

    Lovely! Thanks for the link to the tutorial!

  6. Tezzcan 03.21.2011 at 9:48 am #


  7. schnucksetippel 03.21.2011 at 10:06 am #

    tolle tasche herzliche grüße barbara

  8. Jo 03.21.2011 at 11:43 am #

    Denim is such a great choice for bags that need to be able to tote everything round! I just used some heavy weight denim and linen in a change bag I made in anticipation of imminent baby number two, and I’m hoping it’s going to stand up to tough use!

    Love the splash of colour on the straps on yours too :)

  9. Melissa Lewis - Midwest Magnolia 03.21.2011 at 2:42 pm #

    So simple and so cute.

  10. Pascale 03.21.2011 at 3:20 pm #

    Your bag looks lovely! I love the fabric straps – they give a summer-y feel to the bag.
    And thank you so much for all the publicity! My site’s been busy all day… at first I didn’t get it – until I saw your post in my reader… You made my day!! Thanks!!
    xo, Pascale

  11. Tiffany 03.21.2011 at 3:58 pm #

    anna i luv ur bag, and leather straps sound dreamy. i can’t wait to see the tutorial.

  12. Krista 03.21.2011 at 4:03 pm #

    I love it! You did a great job with the straps too.

    I discovered Pascale’s blog a couple of months ago and she is pretty amazing. All of her tutorials are just so cool.

  13. Roselee 03.21.2011 at 7:12 pm #

    Great bag! Reminds me of this one ( from U-Handbag. I also wanted leather straps but didn’t have it in the budget. See my VERY inexpensive alternate (still want the leather!) :)

  14. Crystal - The Domestic Warrior 03.22.2011 at 12:31 am #

    Ok, that IS super cute! I am not normally a big fan of denim, but I think this is adorable with the pleating! Thanks for the blog rec, I’m off to check it out now.

  15. dana 03.22.2011 at 1:38 am #

    love it! another cool one!

  16. Randi 03.22.2011 at 8:10 am #

    That’s a great looking bag … I’m going to check out the tutorial now.

  17. erica 03.23.2011 at 10:26 am #

    Love it! You amaze me, you’re so productive.

  18. Jeannie 03.23.2011 at 11:54 am #

    I like that and how the handles are in the pleat.

  19. sewtakeahike 03.24.2011 at 9:17 am #

    Darling bag Anna! I love the selvedge at the top, it makes it look so no nonsense! I need to check out Pascales blog!

  20. jayayceeblog 03.28.2011 at 6:54 pm #

    I love the raw edge on the denim. So cute!

  21. Holly 04.07.2011 at 10:35 am #

    I love the fabric you used for the straps, but if you ever need leather for a project like this, I made that bag last year and ended up buying a leather jacket at a thrift store and cutting it up. It cost $15 but I had enough leather to make straps for I think six bags.

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