DIY Summer Totebag

A few years ago, before blogging, I downloaded a tote bag pattern.

For awhile I had that pattern memorized. My sewing machine was smoking as I made bags for practically everyone I knew.

Today, I made yet another bag.

Perhaps my favorite one yet.

Oh wait, I think I say that every time I make a new one. 🙂

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I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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69 Responses to DIY Summer Totebag

  1. CherryPix says:

    Love that fabric…!

  2. Carolyn says:

    That is REALLY cute. I wish I had a fabric store closer. There few are far between around here. The only one I even know about is JoAnn’s in Peoria and it’s one of the largest in the country so very overwhelming. And so busy that you have to take a number and be in line for EVER. I need fabric. 😦

  3. julia christine stephen says:

    I love the material you used 🙂

  4. spunkyarn says:

    Love fabric bags, yours looks quite lovely!! 😉

  5. I love it! It is super cute for summer… The colors are great!


  6. Stacey says:

    Gorgeous fabric! I love making tote bags for everyone I know, lol.

  7. shiroknowes says:

    That’s a realy lovely bag !

  8. I love it! I’m intimidated by patterns but I may just have to try this one 🙂 thanks for sharing!

    • It’s fairly easy to understand. Just lots of measuring and cutting. I didn’t put in the inside pocket which simplified it even further. I hope you try it. You might be pleasantly surprised!

  9. Ooooooohhh…I LOVE the pattern!! You should sell them, they’re fabulous!

  10. Wow-E! I love it! I gotta make one!

  11. Super Bag! Adorable!

  12. lostdododesigns says:

    I love your fabric choice! Gorgeous!

  13. joybrewed says:

    I love the spring green tote!! 😉

  14. mari says:

    yep, i agree, it is your best yet!!

    • Thanks Mari! We gave it to Marty today, filled with things to take with her this summer. Fun to see you today. I’ll call you in a couple of days and we’ll plan our get together.

  15. cathy says:

    Must say I didn’t get one~

  16. bigsmileu1 says:

    It turned out great! I am going to try to make one from the pattern, too! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  17. shimmeshine says:

    Its beautiful.A perfect summer bag, thanks for sharing 🙂

  18. ooobop! says:

    Fabulous, Beth. Great to see you’ve incorporated stylish with sturdy! And not surprised you can’t stop making them!

  19. missmarys says:

    Absolutely love your bag. love, love, love it.

  20. Thank you Mary! I gave it away yesterday to a friend of mine…..might have to make one for myself.
    Enjoy your day!

  21. I say the same thing with every new bag I make! It’s about that time again… I just bought some new fabric & got my favorite pattern out to make a summer bag!

  22. Hey, we are swap partners. just thought I would come down to say Hello !

  23. Hi Beth! Kindly check my new post. You just received 2 awards. Cheers. Love floral tote bag

    • Thank you so much for the nominations! You have perfect timing. This is my first day of summer vacation, so I will have some time to acknowledge and nominate some bloggers myself. Enjoy your day!

  24. Cul de Sac says:

    It’s beautiful! Screams summer for me 🙂 and love your choices of fabrics 😉

  25. Cara Olsen says:

    Anytime you feel like making your friend Cara a tote bag, I am more than obliged to be the recipient of such beautiful work. 🙂

    I don’t know about you, but I can always use another bag. Well, maybe that’s not entirely true; but I always THINK I can use another bag, which is why I’ll find myself dawdling down an aisle chock-full of them, testing the fabric in my hands, imagining where I might take it (stuffing it full of books and taking it to the beach, loading it with snacks and sneaking it into the movies).

    Everything you make is lovely, Beth!

    Happy Wednesday to you, my friend,
    ~ C

    • Cara, it’s amazing how you can put into words what I do in my mind. Believe it or not, I also fantasize about bags. 🙂 Only my dreams start in the fabric stage. My friends have dubbed them “Beth Bags”. One never knows when you might be the recipient of a “Beth Bag”…….

      Now that Stockshow (I might be doing a post soon on this) and school are over, I might have some more time to sew and post.

      Thanks again for your comments!


  26. I like it! LOTS AND LOTS!!!! The fabric is so “summer” … I lve green and white! Almost as much as blue and white 😀

  27. Courtney Leigh says:

    I love this, now if I could just master my sewing machine!!!

    Courtney @

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  29. Lu says:

    This is such a cool bag – I love the fabric you have used 🙂

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  31. Kem says:

    really, really beautifully done… love it

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