I am having way too much fun making these. Today I decided that I wanted an even larger bag than the tote I shared with you last week. I looked online and found this incredibly easy-to-make bag with the clearest instructions I've ever seen.
I already had a supply of canvas (from all of those church banners), and decided that rather than purchase a bright fabric for the main color, I'd play around with sewing together bits and pieces from my scrap bag.
I'll keep this brief -- here are a few photos of the totes I created, and then I will share with you the link for the easy-to-make bag.
Easy-to-Make Tote Bag tutorial
By the way: I followed the directions to the letter on the first of the two bags and encountered a small problem. The instructions state that the lining should be sewn with a slightly wider seam allowance (5/8 inch) than the outer bag. That sounds good in theory, but an additional 1/8 inch on one side results in a 1/4-inch total reduction; that's simply too much, especially if you are working with stiff canvas material which doesn't have the "give" of light-weight cottons and polyesters. I ended up having a slight pucker where the inner- and outer-bags were joined together.
For the second bag I made no adjustment in seam allowance--for both the inner- and outer-bags I used a 1/2-inch seam allowance, and everything lined up perfectly.
I'm already making plans to make a few more of these as gifts. They are so easy!!
Good luck and have fun creating!