Scrappy Canvas Workshop Tote Bag

Thursday, April 16, 2020


Happy Thursday! Today I have a finished Workshop tote bag 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 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.

I have limited stock of both widths and I'm not sure when I'll be able to get more with everything going on. I am still shipping though, Mondays and Thursdays!

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!

Happy Sewing!

5 comments :

  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.

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

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  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.

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

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

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