Gingham Tote

So, once I got my modern sewing machine back this week, I started stitching something for mi Madre.

I had debated designing a cross body bag for her, but in the end I decided to build a few new skills and tackle the Gingham Tote from Handmade Style by Anna Graham.

I love the Riley Blake fabric I used for the pocket!

Making this bag added some new techniques to my arsenal. Rivets. Rivets! A game changer for sure. I also installed my first magnetic snap.

Upcycled bedlinen for the slip pocket

It was fun to put together, and I think it will be a great summertime bag for my Mom to haul around all the things she needs to. 

The rivet setting took a bit of practice. My first attempt at a rivet (fortunately on practice fabric) was, eh, a huge disaster.


I almost chickened out on the leather handles with rivets, after trying it out. I'm glad that I went ahead, because I think it adds great function to the bag. 

Upright and sturdy

It has a good amount of heft, and I think it will hold up well. Here's hoping my Mom will love it!

Linking up with NTT, Off the Wall Friday, and Finish it up Friday.