The above market tote is from the book The New Handmade. The picture in the book made it look larger than it is. But I like the fact that it is boxy, and has a supported bottom. I had hubby Jeff cut me a piece of artist board (to insert in the bottom) similar to the book board the project called for. I also like that the lining called for using vinyl. The nearest fabric store ( Hancock – blech!) only had some really bad tablecloth vinyl, so I used rip-stop, a thin white slippery water-resistant fabric, that seems to be doing the trick, because I’ve already spilt some baby bottled milk in there and it is no worse for wear. The canvas straps are 2 inches wide, which is okay, but I think I’d prefer to use a bit thinner ones next time. I did triple-stitch them so they’d be sturdy.
These three totes are all the same really, from the summer classic tote tutorial on Sew Mama Sew‘s blog. I want to commit the instructions to memory, as it was easy and you didn’t need a lining, as the instructions called for using a (hidden) french seam. That saved fabric. And since home dec is more expensive usually, that’s good! My favorite one is the green polka dotted one.