Tied Handle Tote Bag

I sewed up this quick tote for a friend’s birthday last November. It was a lovely pattern and quick to come together. It is technically reversible, but with the fabrics I’ve chosen, I think it looks better this way. I used a decorator-weight fabric for the outside just to give it a bit more body. In my case, the decorator weight fabric shrunk down to below the amount I needed for the pattern, so I shortened the handles a bit. Next time I’ll be sure to buy extra to ensure I have enough fabric.

I know there will be a next time for this bag. It’s cute, functional, and easy. What more could I want?

There are pockets on the outside and inside. This photo of the bag inside-out will give you a better idea of its construction.


Started: Nov 2010
Finished: Nov 2010
Pattern: Lickety Split Bag from Made by RAE
Fabric: Home dec and quilting cotton from JoAnn’s. I tried to find a relatively new quilting shop out in Clayton, and failed miserably. Some other day when I have more time!
Notes: Didn’t bother to topstitch around the opening and handles; just hand-sewed the turning bit closed. Came out great!


  1. Dave Daniels said,

    February 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    That’s a great bag, and an even greater sewing machine. At first I thought it was a hand crank, then noticed the treadle. What a beauty!

  2. Stacy said,

    February 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks, Dave!

    I love that old singer – she has the prettiest straight stitch I’ve ever gotten out of one of my machines. It’s worth rotating the cloth around to get a backstitch. ;)
    You can see a better picture of her here.

    I have another treadle that does reverse and a zigzag stitch. Since that one came to live with me, my electric machine has been in storage.


  3. kimberly said,

    February 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Very cute bag! The sewing machine is beautiful too – isn’t it lovely to be able to work with tools that are also beautiful?

  4. belinda said,

    March 12, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Beautiful bag. My aunt wanted to give me my great-aunts Singer but I have no room for it. I will have to take you to the new fabric store in Clayton, it’s not easy to find.

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