Back when I first started scouring the interwebz for tutorials for reusable grocery bags, I found this tutorial for a simple reversible tote at Skip to my Lou. I bookmarked it for future use.
I am really into totes, bags, etc. I think you cannot have enough. And the cheaper the better. So when I got the rainbow fabric on sale at Jo-ann, I also picked out this fabric (and a matching zipper, but more on that on Thursday).
I really dug the salmon/pink/white/green fabric as soon as I spotted it. And immediately remembered the tote tutorial. Then I started looking for a green to coordinate with it. As with most tutorials/patterns I follow, I deviated a little. first, it's HUGE. Literally, overnight bag huge. instead of cutting 2 pieces of 13.5x14 for the outside, I used two entire fat quarters. 2 18x21 pieces of fabric for the outside and two for the lining. Then I needed another fat quarter for the straps and since there was so much left over I made a pocket. Well, a divided pocket. That my cell phone and camera fit in perfectly. I also put interfacing on the lining and straps to give it some body. Mine ended up not being reversible like the tutorial, because of the pocket I added. I don't want that on the outside.
|All the pieces, ready for assembly. The inside out pocket, straps, lining and outside.|
|the finished bag. See, HUGE. I made the gussets 3 inches instead of 1.5 inches and that seems to be the perfect size. It's got nice width and depth.|
In total, I used 5 fat quarters at .99 a piece, fusible interfacing that I already had and white thread I already had. I think that qualifies as a "cheap" tote.