Sew a tote for gifting and creative expression

Any fabric or trim find can be the pivotal point of inspiration for a new sewing project! Found these cords and straps perusing the trim department the other day. They sparked a motivation for making totes for gifts.

photo 2 copy

photo 3 copy

photo 1 copy 2





Designing a tote is a small exercise in styling, because there are only a few components to put together: fabric, lining, strap and optional trim details.

Of course you can go over the top styling a tote. Treat the surface as a canvas and let your creativity go wild! A great reference point can start with a scrapbooking project, collage art, or fiber-arts. If you love Bohemian style, this is an opportunity to go there.

Need an excuse to use a silly or unique fabric? A tote is a great way to go! Perhaps consider conversational prints to consider for fun, a gift for a friend, or to express a mood.






A tote is a way to introduce any new style trend to your wardrobe. The Geometric and ethnic trends today are great for a tote creation.










Pretty fabric coordinates are always easy to find in local quilt shops.


2168_AC_EN_OS.indd - Version 24117







Another trend to consider: tweeds and burlap. My favorite for the winter months!

For fabric and sources, check out our Pinterest boards. For product links on this blog post, click photos.

If you liked this post, you may want to check out these posts and patterns:

Create one of a kind totes….made by you!

Easy totes to sew and embellish (tutorial)

Let us know if this post inspires a special tote,  so you can inspire others!

Written by

When I learned to sew, I was totally hooked! My mission is to provide sewing projects that are easy enough for anyone to learn or to practice sewing... Let us know if its working!

No Comments Yet.

Leave a Reply

Your comment