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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Handmade Style Zip Top Tote

Today I have another Christmas present finished! Wo-hoo!!! 2015 presents are coming right along and this tote is a real beauty! Say hello to the Zip Top Tote from Anna Graham's fantastic book Handmade Style I highly recommend this book. It is full of wonderful items to create and enjoy and it's beautifully written. This Zip Top tote is my first creation from the book, but all the items are on my sewing bucket list.

If you've ever made a Noodle-Head open wide zipper pouch, this tote will feel very familiar. It feels like a jumbo sized open wide pouch with handles and some fancy pockets, but the general construction is exactly the same....and the result is awesome!!!


This tote is huge! It would be a great overnight bag, all day shopping bag, keep all the kids stuff for the car trip bag....anything really. It opens nice and wide so you can really fill it up and it has several pockets. The outside features a "hidden" pocket on each side that is 6X8 inches and is constructed into the exterior where the two fabrics meet. The inside has one large zippered pocket, but you could easily add more if you\d like.

The instructions include optional leather handles, or you can make fabric ones like I did. My tote features cotton and steel mustang canvas and a fun print from Valori Wells that I found in my stash, I think they made a really gorgeous combination. One word about the front pocket lining. It is only visible on the inside of the hidden pocket, but it is a pretty large cut of fabric since it makes up the bottom half of the tote front. So, you don't need to use a special fabric for this piece, a not-my-favorite piece would work fine.
The inside is huge!

The hidden pockets are tricky to photograph

Pretty proud of this zipper tab!


For size comparison...my 4 1/2 year old

This tote will be gifted to my mother-in-law as she is an epic horse lover. I'm hoping she loves it as much as I do!

Linking up to purse palooza 2015


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