A handmade tote is the perfect gift for any occasion, not to mention a stylish way to help the environment by skipping the plastic grocery bags on your next trip to the supermarket. Jamie Lau, Brooklyn-based writer and designer, shares how to create a lined and reversible tote that’s perfect for transporting gym clothes, your farmers market haul or everyday bits and bobs!
Jamie: One of the early sewing projects I worked on when I was first learning to sew was a lined, reversible tote bag. This is a great beginner project for those still getting familiar with their machine, or looking to perfect those straight stitches and backstitching. Or, if you are brainstorming handmade projects for the upcoming holiday season, this is a great opportunity to personalize your gifts using your own textile designs printed on Spoonflower fabric. For the exterior of the bag in this example, I selected the Eco Canvas using my Electric Cranes print. For the lining, I chose Cotton Poplin printed in the vermilion colorway of my Silver Ribbons Star print (for additional colorways, click here).