A little while back I started making shoulder totes to replace our rapidly disintegrating green bags. Remember the how-to guide?
Well, it seems I’ve gone a little crazy on the idea. I’ve now made eight totes including the two I sent over to our eldest sister, Candice, for her birthday. And I’ve learnt a thing or two that may come in handy if you’re making your own.
I largely used vintage fabric because I love the idea of recycling something old into something new. But I reckon it would pay to hunt out a slightly sturdier fabric, perhaps calico, if you’re wanting to use the totes as green bags. Alana and I buy loads of fresh fruit and veggies at the markets and they end up collectively weighing a ton. I have a feeling the lighter fabrics may have a tendency to crack under the pressure.
These guys cost me next to nothing. I picked up a huge piece of the pink fabric for $2 at an op shop, while the purple material was among a bundle I bought home from Bali. As for the white lacey material, that was a total steal at 20c. It was just a narrow off-cut, probably from someone making their own curtains, and did have a few stains but a quick dip in bleach and it looked like new again.
I had just enough of the white lace to make a pretty trim on two of the bags and a pair of handles for another. Mixing and matching the fabrics also made our bags look like a set without totally matching.
Now we have six little totes to make the weekly shop just a little more fun.