It's done! And I love, love, love my Japanese Knock-Off Tote. In fact, I've decided that it's my new Cub Scout den leader bag. It's really big (maybe bigger than the original), but that's okay because now it will hold lots of stuff!
Like the original, it's reversible so you can have the pocket (or the patchwork) on either the inside or outside.
One surprise to me is how cute it looks cinched. The pictures from the original Japanese website didn't show it with the drawstrings pulled and I really like this way too. It makes me think of a grownup version of my Easy Drawstring Backpack tutorial. All you'd need to do to make it a sweet drawstring backpack is sew loops into the side seams where you'd secure the straps.
And of course I had to put a bit of myself into it... check out this applique patch I made using the tutorial that I posted on Monday.
After I was done I decided that it needed a false bottom, so I quickly made one up. It turned out so well, that I'm going to write a quick mini-tutorial for that too. It might be too much at once to include it with the Japanese Knock Off Tote tutorial (which is coming next Wednesday) plus this would be a great little addition to any handmade or store-bought tote bag so I'll give it to you early! Watch for it on Monday. :)
Until then... Keep Calm and SEW ON!