Scrappy Canvas Workshop Tote Bag

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Happy Thursday! Today I have a finished new tote bag using my Workshop Tote Bag Pattern to share and some shop news too.

Back in February I decided I wanted to make a project that would make a good dent in my canvas and cotton/linen scraps. I have a harder time using these up compared to quilting cotton scraps. Typically they end up becoming little zipper pouches.

The things I had the most of were essex linen scraps. Some overprinted from collections by Anna Graham*, Erin Dollar* and Carolyn Friedlander*. I also added a number of japanese canvas prints and a random denin stripe.

I cut all the yardage and scraps into lots of squares for half-square triangles.

Figuring out the piecing so that no prints touched themselves was a challenge, but it ended up working out well!

The finished tote is nice and sturdy. This is the half-square triangle option from my Workshop Tote Pattern.

I used 1" cotton webbing for the handles! The biggest reason for making this tote was to test out the new cotton webbing that I ordered for my online shop! I ordered it when I ordered the twill tapes, but it took me a while to get this tote finished and photographed. Plus getting new products in the shop always takes longer than I think!

So! You can now find 1" and 1 1/4" wide cotton webbing in my online shop. The 1" webbing is what I use for most tote bags including the Workshop Tote Pattern and the Elemental Tote Pattern. The 1 1/4" webbing is used in the Sew Portable Travel Set Pattern, and can sometimes be difficult to find in stores. Thought it would be nice to stock that too.

Find it in my shop here: Cotton Webbing

It feels good to use up some of these scraps. A few I've been holding onto for years. Always seems a bit silly once they end up in a project!

This last photo is making me laugh at the moment. Ever feel like a crumpled up tote bag? This last month has been full of ups and downs. We're all going through it together, at different levels of course, but it's a little comforting to know we're not doing this alone. Stay well, stay safe friends!
Pattern: Workshop Tote Bag Pattern
Fabrics: Prints by Anna Graham*, Erin Dollar* and Carolyn Friedlander*
Notions: 1" Cotton Webbing

Happy Sewing!

*Note: Any links marked with an asterisk in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click through and buy something, I make a small commission, at no extra cost to you.


  1. Great use of those scraps!! Enjoy your new tote... whenever we are FINALLY able to resume normal life and actually GO to workshops, again.

  2. Perfect use for those scraps for sure! Love when scraps go nicely with each other.

  3. the crumpled bag is exactly what it is like at times. thanks for the smile and a lovely post jeni. thanks for the inspiration. take care.

  4. That is a beautiful tote! Thanks for sharing!

  5. This is so pretty! I love that it's entirely made up of scraps :)


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