New Tote Bag

I made a tote bag on Saturday!

I had been wanting to make some larger items for a long time but it seemed kind of daunting…so, I kept it simple.

(Click the pics to enlarge them. The flash made the bag look shinier than it is in “real life”.)

Musette Tote

Musette Tote

I used 5 tubes (I think). I sliced the tubes lengthwise once, then again so the pieces would stay flat. Then I measured a musette bag and cut the pieces 3 or so inches longer than that. Then I sewed all the pieces together till the piece was the correct height. It measures 13 inches wide by 15 inches tall with a 40 inch strap.

I used a tube for the strap which makes the bag fun and bouncy, if not quite as sturdy. I’ll probably make the next one with a piece of twill tape inside it so it won’t stretch and it will be stronger, but I really like this strap though.

Lycra jersey lining

Lycra jersey lining

Once I had 2 big pieces for the sides, I cut the edges straight and sewed them, right sides together. Then I cut up a cycling jersey(!), using the pocket for inner pockets in the tote. I sewed the jersey on my home machine since I don’t have my serger set up yet.

Then I popped the jersey inside and sewed it into the bag. I LOVE the jersey lining. Now to collect old jerseys…..one more project. So, DON’T THROW THOSE OLD JERSEYS OUT! GIVE ‘EM TO ME! You will be rewarded!

I left the strap long on both ends and added a swivel clip on one for my keys and just a twill tab for the other end. Next one I’ll probably use contrasting thread.

Strap with swivel clip

Strap with swivel clip

I took it to the Boulevard Cup cross races on Sunday and it worked great and I got some good feedback from a lot of people. You never know when you are hunched over a sewing machine wrestling with all this rubber whether you’ll end up with something useable and nice looking so all the input from bicycle riders is invaluable.

I’m really happy with it. It came out great and I will definitely make more. I think it turned out swell! What do you think? Please comment and let me know your thoughts.

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