My husband has been saying that he wants a new tote bag, so I made this reversible tote for him; made of natural-fibres fabric that we bought last weekend in Cottonfield, Kichijoji. I’ve read about this fabric store in this very useful flickr album of movinghands, and it is indeed such a lovely little place. The place is only two storeys, so it’s not as big nor as overwhelming as Yuzawaya. Perfect when I don’t have enough time in Kichijoji. I especially love the rows of little shelves filled with neatly folded fabric, each about 50 cm in lengths.
For the tote bag, I use burlap fabric in natural color on one side. And on the other side is thick linen in red polkadot (don’t look at me, my husband chose the fabrics himself).
The tote is a little bigger than his other totes (he has plenty!), about 40 by 45 cm. Each side has a pocket with little piece of linen ribbon sewn on the pocket side as fabric labels. I really like those fabric label stuffs. The pockets are also lined with its complementary fabric. No pattern was used for the bag, I just drew directly on the fabric with a ruler and fabric-marking pen.
The bag turned out big and sack-like, enough for all his stuffs. I really like the coarse texture of the burlap side, and the red polkadot side looks really nice too. Now I want to steal this bag.