A little update on making your own shoulder totes

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.

Handmade shoulder totes

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.

Handmade totes hanging on a clothes line

Handmade tote sewn with recycled fabric

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.

– Koren

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2 Responses to A little update on making your own shoulder totes

  1. oldvogue June 17, 2012 at 12:58 pm #

    These are totes cute! You’ve inspired me to get my sewing machine out!

    • Koren July 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

      Yes! Do it – you won’t regret it! 🙂