I have had this Market Tote from Bijou Lovely tutorial bookmarked for probably a year. And I’ve had an adorable Cloud 9 cotton canvas waiting for months and months to be turned into a bag. It was only a week ago I put one and one together and realized they are MADE for each other! I’ve been wanting to make a catch all bag (library trips, farmers market, kids stuff at church, swimming lessons, etc.) for awhile, but never really committed until I figured out this combo. Now I am so happy to replace the ugly green Winco bag I often used for such outings!
This feels much better!
This tutorial is great – seriously! I have tried many a tutorial as I’ve learned to sew, and some are complete and easy to understand, and great pictures that fill in any questions, but in my opinion, it’s rare that I don’t have to fill in a single blank on my own. This tutorial is that rare gem- oh, and with a fabulous outcome to boot! Thank you, Bijou Lovely! You will be my tutorial inspiration when I finally attempt one!
So, the fabric I used was the Cloud 9 Bark & Branch canvas in blue and a Robert Kaufman cotton/linen blend in a natural. I was trying to make this a very quick project, so I skipped the interfacing step. I was using a canvas and a hardy linen/cotton, so I felt like it would have enough weight. And it did. If I’d wanted to spend a bit more time on the project, it probably would have made a good addition- a bit more stability. I don’t think it’s missed too much, though, with a decently thick home decor weight fabric. With anything lighter though, I wouldn’t recommend skipping the interfacing.
One other variation on the tutorial I did was to make the lining pieces just a bit bigger in height (about a half inch or less) bigger than the outside fabric. I wanted a little trim of the linen on the top of the bag, so when I got to the second to the last step, top stitching the top edge- I just made sure the linen poked up out a bit. If you do this, just make sure the lining is fitting in nicely (I pinned at the bottom before pinning the top for top stitching), and I top stitched on the outer fabric and the lining.
Oh, and if I hadn’t been trying to keep it to a couple hour project, I would have added a pocket into the lining. I am sure I will make this same bag again, with different fabric, so I’ll do it next time. I’ll update any tips on here when I do. Anyway, try out this Bijou Lovely’s fantastic tutorial if you are looking for a great market bag- with spring right around the corner, I think we could all use one of these!