Triple Tone Tote
Three fabrics, three colors, and triple braid-look straps are the main features of this brown and beige tone tote bag. Rows of brown stitching circle the top which is vinyl. The brown vinyl bottom leads up to a woven midsection with one easy access pocket on the front and other pockets on the back. The purely decorative silver studs compliment the round silver strap rings that came from an old belt. I used a tan and brown print fabric lining and included a large zipper pocket as well as some smaller ones inside. A center inside flap with magnetic clasp connects and gives closure to the bag. Many elements go into the construction of a handbag. This tote was inspired by a Feragamo bag that didn’t completely appeal to me but it had a multi-stitched top band. As you can see, I used that here and added my own touches. The colors blend. The contrasts meld and the details make this a very special tote.
Note: Fusible interfacing was used throughout. Place a protective cloth over the vinyl and iron on the wrong side.
17" x 24.25” one piece for front and back bag - woven fabric and interfacing
17" x 9" Front pocket piece and lining - woven fabric, cotton lining and interfacing
17" x 6.5” back pocket and lining - woven fabric, cotton lining and interfacing
17" x 9.75" brown vinyl bag bottom
4” x 4” clasp flap - vinyl - plus interfacing
17"x 9" top vinyl band - two pieces plus interfacing
33" x 3.50" fleece band
3" x 4.50" strap tabs - cut four brown vinyl
3.25" x 16” - straps brown vinyl - cut four
16.50" x 12.50" fleece lining - cut two
Extra lining, interfacing and zippers for custom lining pockets you design
step 1 - Cut out all pieces. Be sure to download the instructions which include a template for the front pocket shape.
step 15 - The Straps
Hem only 12” of each strap buy folding it in half on the length and turning under the raw edges .50”. Secure with paper clips. Create a row of stitching .25” from both strap edges followed by a line of stitching outside the .25” line.
At Fabric Store
- fabric detailed at the top of the page
- fusing tape
- craft knife
- fusible interfacing
- .50” and .25” brads
- four 1.50” silver rings
- stay tape
- sewing notions
- invisible ink marker
- fabric glue
- E6000 glue
- 10.50" x 4" cardboard