Sunday, December 8, 2013

Simple Sturdy Tote Bag Tutorial

Are you looking for some practical hand made gifts for Christmas presents? Well, here is an idea for you - a simple tutorial using fusible Peltex to make a sturdy tote bag, big enough to hold a lot of stuff, but a good size for easily carrying around.
I'm sharing this tutorial as part of the Handmade Holiday series for Pellon. You can find the free PDF pattern for this Tote Bag Tutorial Here.
I need to make a few more of these as Christmas presents this year. This is the one I'm most excited about so far. It's for an Italian loving friend who drives a Vespa. When I saw this Va Bene fabric by Dear Stella I knew I had to make her something with it. 
I used the Italy Map fabric for the pockets. It's so great! Va Bene fabric is getting scare but there is still some available from Hawthorne Threads (where it's on sale!) and I made these bags and took the pictures about 3 weeks ago. It's crazy to see how much my back yard has changed in that amount of time! Today it's an icy, snowy wasteland.
If you are looking for other ideas for Simple Handmade Christmas gifts tutorials, you may want to check out this post as well. I have a few more handmade gifts I want to make this year and the calendar is telling me that I'd better get crackin'.


  1. The perfect bag with just the right size. Thank you for the tutorial, maybe I'll find time to make one for Christmas.

  2. Great bags! A nice tote bag for my knitting and crochet has been on my to-do list for a while now. I like this one. And, even better...I love that there are directions. Thanks for sharing them. :-)

  3. Thanks Amy! This tute arrive just in the nick of time for me! Exactly what I was looking for!

  4. great tote bag and other christmas ideas very nice too

  5. That little vespa bag is adorable Amy. You have such a great eye for coordinating colors!!!


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